Inspiration to Make Your Dreams Reality Using SMART Goals

Do you have big plans for 2011? What do you want to accomplish? 10K increase in salary. What about losing ten pounds before next spring? It does not matter what you would like to achieve, you must have structure to keep you going in the right direction.

SMART is an acronym for the five characteristics used to set goals.
• Specific: When goals are specific you know exactly what is expected, when, and how much. Because the goals are detailed, you can easily measure your growth towards completing your goal.

• Measurable: It is easy for you to stay motivated to complete your goals when you have milestones to indicate their progress. What good is a goal that you can’t measure? If your goals are not measurable, you never know whether you are making progress toward their successful completion.

• Attainable: Goals that are set too high or too low become meaningless, and you naturally get frustrated and begin to lose focus or ignore all together. Achievable goals should not be too easy or out of reach.

• Relevant: Realistic means that you have the resources to get it done. The achievement of a realistic objective requires resources, such as, people, equipment, money, skills, etc, etc.

• Time-bound: Goals should have a start date, end date, and milestones into between. Setting a deadline is the key to keeping the momentum going. Goals without deadlines or schedules for completion can become derailed by the day-to-day drama that is just life.
A good example of a situation that calls for SMART Goals would be to get in better shape. You need to define the who, what, when, where, how and why.


Who: Just you

What: Lose 30lbs

When: 6 months

Where: At home and gym required

Why: Doctors orders and to just get into better shape

How: workout 3 times a week for 2 hours

Measure your progress weekly to make sure you are on target. This also helps to keep you motivated.

Can you lose 30lbs in 6 months? That would mean 5lbs every month. Based on your weekly progress is this attainable?

Do you have the time to make the goals realistic? Do you have the resources at home to work out? Will the gym be affordable?

Milestones at fixed intervals means every month you need to lose at least 5lbs. Will your timeframe be every week you weigh in on a scale?

The key to SMART is to remember that it is your life, so careful planning will keep you aligned with your goals to get what you want in a timely manner. 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, 5 years and 10 years from now what should you accomplish? Once you know what you want to do with yourself, you are ready to create some goals. Start with your short-term objectives such as daily, weekly, and monthly targets that will move you toward your long-term objectives.

We all have dreams. Can you accomplish your dreams by using SMART Goals? Maybe you are creating goals just without any clear process. Being inspired to try smart goals is the first step. As you accomplish your goals, your motivation and inspiration should increase. Yes!

Coming soon, I will layout my plans for 2011 using SMART Goals.

Curtis Valentine (aka) Mr. MakingUsmile

Level Up Your Home and Family’s Safety With Security Systems

Most property owners looking to build a new home have their minds loaded with great design ideas for their living spaces. They spent too much time looking for inspiration and are frequently lost choosing the best from diverse categories from eye-catching urban furnishings and fixtures or inspirational art installations to generally absurd decorating elements that include unusually-shaped objects or building materials, but the sad fact is very few think of security systems installation.

When you browse the net and visit numerous websites to look for design inspirations, in the architecture section you can see a plethora of modern houses designed and built with “wow”-effect employing revolutionary building materials. Homes and buildings with green indoor walls and elegant lighting systems are the trend these days and surely, you would also want to have a house built using eco-friendly materials and have it dotted with multi-functional appliances and the latest technology gadgets. Most of us are driven by all these elegantly laid out projects that even with just a short time spent going through the ideas. It can expand our collection of design-related interests whether for exterior and interior inspiration and maximize the potential of each room in our homes by merely viewing remarkable works of world-renowned architects as well as designers.

Surely, these sites are meant to help you envision and build on your ideal space and transform it to an aesthetically-perfect crib. More often than not we are easily blown away by a variety of home and decorating styles and surprising space design solutions by simply enjoying a virtual tour of the world’s best dwellings but most people can’t even think of saving up in order for them to one day have enough cash to invest on a high quality safety and security system that’s apt for their needs and lifestyle. With so many technological advancements at our fingertips, there is no doubt that our lives are made easier and a lot more secure if only we know our priorities.

What good it is to have the most beautiful house in your neighbourhood but you can’t sleep peacefully at night fearing that housebreakers might burgle your home? If you can spend a lot to build a beautiful dwelling then it is also wise for you to think of laying down some plans for your home security. Considering the fast-paced lives most of us lead these days, it pays to make our homes a bit more tech savvy. This will allow every homeowner to run or check his or her home whilst out of the house for work or away on a holiday through a remote using a Smartphone or iPad.

So, what are the ways in which a residential automation system can benefit you? Apart from being labeled as a smart home, one of the supreme benefits that you can enjoy if you opt for an automated system in your home is having the capability to lock/unlock your doors, turn on/off the lights remotely. You can also be you can be alerted each time someone tries to enter your home which means that you can easily monitor who is going in or out of your dwelling at all times even when you are not at home. With highly advanced security systems that are available on the marketplace these days, there is no reason for us to feel sorry just because we cannot be everywhere at once.