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What drives an individual to taking the initiative for developing goals? Is there an inner motivation or some other external force that has contributed to the whole opportunity? There is a great deal to be said for setting goals. However, just because someone can write a goal, does not mean they can set appropriate goals.

Smart goals take careful thought and consideration for what an individual wants to get out of their future experiences. Decide initially what it is that can create an experience that will provide a positive, lasting impression and create additional motivation.

When thinking of a goal, make sure that it is, first of all, specific. For example, coming up with something that is great can include any number of things. However, narrowing it down to something great about you takes on a whole different meaning. Now consider the benefits (positives) and detriments (negatives) of that goal.

Subsequently, it is good to next think of what may be lost or cause dissatisfaction if the goal is not reached. This helps to keep the goal realistic and not be blind-sided by failure. Considering what may be a negative impact or be a non-fruition result keeps the feet planted firmly on the ground through the process of setting smart goals. Moreover, by weighing the positives and negatives instills in the decision-making aspect of goal-setting a balanced approach.

After moving through the steps to this point of achieving smart goals, it will be necessary to finally make a decision. Being indecisive will prove fatal to this whole process. Making a wrong decision is not a failure, it is an experience where lessons are sure to provide valuable information. Learn from every decision made and this database of life can be profoundly meaningful as part of some future choices. By setting a date and envisioning what it will be like to achieve the goal can help to motivate and provide a trigger or spark to set the wheels in motion. Stay positive and stay focused; success is in sight.