Through a random selection of fifty respondents we found that there is some commonality in the manner in which goals are set: When we compare the groups of \'Very Satisfied\' with their achievement and \'Satisfied\' or \'Somewhat Satisfied\' with their achievement. The first group were more likely to have SMART goals. The goal is described in sensory terms _ what will be seen, heard and felt, and for a small number, smelt and tasted. Respondents were clear about what achieving the goal will do positively for them and the cost to themselves (and others) of achieving their goal. Their goal, they considered personally stretching yet \'knew\' that they were capable of achieving it themselves. More than 60% stated their goal in the present tense _ \'I am\' rather than \'I will be\'.
Goal setting worksheets provide time frames and deadlines. Breaking larger goals into smaller sections, determining which steps have to be taken, and setting a completion date is a great formula for success. The best way to turn procrastination into motivation is to assign a deadline. You may even benefit from being accountable to someone who will check to make sure you have met your time frame guidelines. Committing your goals to paper will provide direction, keep you motivated and focused, and increase your self_confidence as you monitor your success along the way. By mixing big dreams with a practical approach you can bring clarity and focus to your goals that will keep you motivated and increase your chance of staying committed no matter what obstacles you may face.