Here are four hacks for setting goals that will create results for you in the next 12 months.

In a previous post, we discussed the importance of writing down your objectives and putting a date on each of them for completion. In this final post of this series, Michael Hyatt reminds of these four hacks for taking your objectives to a realization:

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Writing your goals helps bring them to reality.

Have Specific targets

“I want to have my best year selling” is a great aspiration. It is too ambiguous as a target.  How much more do you want to sell this year? Be specific in gross sales or net margins.

Have Measurable Targets

Having specific objectives allows you to measure your progress toward those goals. “I want to make customers happy” can become “I will return all calls by the end of each business day”.

Have objectives that are actionable

To paraphrase a line from the movie, The Princess Bride, we are people of action. So don’t set “be” objectives. (I will be more…  Instead, set actionable “do” goals–I will (describe specific actions by specific dates.

Goal setting begins with a pen or pencil.

Set realistic but exciting targets

Set objectives at the intersection of realistic and exciting.  Realistic goals that are outside your comfort zone and the stretch energizes you, but not goals outside of reality. One of the strategies for greatness is consistency. Recognizing and doing your MDA: minimum daily actions you can do every day, regardless.

The year is young. The possibilities are great. Dare to write down specific, actionable goals that lead to consistent, exciting productivity.

Have courage and begin writing.