Realistic _ You want to challenge yourself to grow, but you also want to hit the goals you set. Set small goals that you know you can hit in the beginning. With that success you confidence grows. Once you hit a goal just reset it and expand upon it. Even if you first few goals seem like a cake walk it will get harder as you progress. Don\'t set enormous goals right off the bat or again you\'ll be setting yourself up for failure. Focus on consistent effort and increasing incrementally along the way. Timely _ This is one of the simplest yet most often overlooked aspects of goal setting. You must establish a time_line for the accomplishment of your main goal along with all of your sub_goals that will get you there. Just remember \"someday\" never comes. Without a hard time_line you\'ll never get to where you\'re going.
Whilst touching on monetary goals, another participant reminds us that being specific about your goal is important: \"My goal was to be a millionaire by 35... I achieved it the moment I stepped away from the foreign exchange counter at Jakarta airport!\" Following up with our survey participants revealed commonality in the way they went about setting goals and their subsequent actions to achieve their goals. We\'ve already seen how those with the greatest success in terms of personal wealth had SMART goals. This isn\'t to say that success can only be measured by means of personal wealth at all _ the original intention was simply to test the mythical Yale Study results. And, of course, someone could have set themselves a perfectly good SMART goal _ but due to their own environment, had not accumulated as much personal wealth in terms of a standard currency _ indeed, a person could have less in terms of monetary wealth yet be considerably better off in terms of the value they can obtain from less money.