One word can turn an impotent goal into an effective goal. Consider the following “goals”:
- I’d like to be financially independent.
- I want a bigger house.
- I hope I get promoted this year.
Just changing a word or two makes your goals more effective. Consider these changes:
- I absolutely must become financially independent.
- I must have a bigger house.
- I must get promoted this year.
Adding “must” makes your goal more definite. Committing to a date is the final step of defining a goal. Exact dates are better than “within 5 years” or “by next November” as you may have forgotten the date you set your goal.
Remember to review your goals regularly and update them if necessary.