And some tidbits on goalsetting which I'd have liked 15 years ago...
- SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-oriented, Time-bound)
- written in present tense.
- stated in the positive.
- attached to an identity, or 'self-image'.
"I will own 30 apartments" (future tense) ->
"I own 30 apartments." (present tense) ->
"I am the owner of 30 apartments." (identity) ->
"I am the owner of 30 or more apartments." (expansive)
"I will quit smoking by July 31." (future tense) ->
"I quit smoking by July 31." ('quit' is negative)->
"I am free from cigarettes by July 31."
More important than the outcome, is how you see yourself. If you couldn't imagine yourself as a person achieving the goal, then it won't occur.
Who do you have to become, to achieve the goal?
Never leave the scene of plan without taking action.
After setting a goal, at least 1 crumb-sized action must be taken immediately. Who could you message, call, email...?
- Mission: This could be specific like "bring humans to Mars" or it could be vague like "accelerate space exploration".
- Strategy: This should be the principles and methods used to implement the mission. Example: "Starting up a private company that works on rocket technology. Sell electric cars on the side to make money."
- Roadmap: This should be actionable, measurable and time-based such as "build a reusable rocket by 2016"