Setting goals is not important, it is imperative. Until you make a commitment is highly unlikely you will ever get off square one. And yet, this simplest of actions is the most overlooked by people who start to think about making money online.
The other problem is that few people have any idea what good goals are and how to set them. When you ask the average person they will tell you that they already have a goal. Now, ask the same people what their goal is and you’ll get such responses as “I want to be a millionaire” or “I want to be wealthy”.
But are these really good goals? As a matter of fact, these goals are absolutely worthless. The following are the five components of a good goal, examine these and you will understand why the above examples are not good goals.
First of all goal should be specific. A goal must be something very definable that you can accomplish. An example of a good goal for making money online would be “today I will build a five-page website with each page containing a unique niche oriented 400 word article”. This is something that is precise and measurable as well as reasonable.
The next thing that you need to be sure of is that your goal includes a time limit. To be any good, your goal must have a time limit for its completion. As you can see in the above example this goal is a short-term one must be accomplished today.
Your goal must also be reasonable or believable, just as shown in the example. A goal such as “I will make $1 million” completely lacks credibility, even to yourself. If you believe that you have a chance of accomplishing your goal then you will try harder and are far more likely to succeed.
Although this point is not imperative is highly recommended that every goal be written down; this is sort of akin to setting your goal in stone.
Finally you must keep your goals in the forefront of your mind every single day. This is why writing down your goals is a good idea; it allows you to display them in a location where they may be constantly viewed. At the very least you should make a point of consciously thinking about whatever goal you have set at least once a day to ensure that you stick with it and do not stray from your desired path.
Implementing and adhering to these elements of setting a goal for making money online will ensure that you succeed. The most important part of turning making money online into a full time job from a hobby is personal mind set and appropriate goals.