What is goal setting? Inadvertently, or deliberately, people asking us when young \"what do you want to be...\" have set us on a process of goal_setting. They are asking us to peer in our mind\'s eye into the distant future and describe our goal. With little worldly experience, we most likely think of people we admire that through their job demonstrate what is valuable to our young minds. What would you like to achieve in X years that having achieved it will satisfy your personal values? Would you ask a ten year old that question? No? It\'s unlikely that they would understand _ but with the massive leaps in education and increasing pressure on children to know a whole lot more than the current generation of mature adults, they may well be asking you that question and be surprised if you can\'t answer it. I digress, but we are effectively asking that when we say \"what would you like to be...\"
When you are establishing your goal, always follow the \"SMART\" system. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Specific _ Have a specific plan and a definite goal which can be clearly understood. And once decided, vow to stick to it. Measurable _ The goal you have set should be measurable. For example, if you are in business, your goal should not be to just make it grow in 3 years time. Instead, set your goal something like this _ to make it grow by 40% or more in 3 years, so that at the end of the 3 years you can see actual progress.