I want to make a lot of money. I hope to see the world someday. I am going to get an education and be a success. Great goals but wholly unreachable – or maybe too reachable. A lot of money to you may be a few hundred bucks. The world worth seeing may be a county removed from the one in which you live. An education may be 6th grade and success little more than not being on the street.
The more specific about what you intend to do the more likely you are to accomplish your goals. It is impossible to tell when you’ve “arrived” if you are vague on your destination. But if you are specific in exactly what you want to do every step you take will lead you closer to the goal.
When you are specific, problems are often transformed into opportunities for achievement because they make clear steps to take or to avoid or to circumvent. When you are specific, misunderstandings disappear and you gain a precise focus.
Challenge yourself to be ever more specific as to your goals so you know when you reach them or how far you’ve yet to go. Then, as you approach the end point, make them even more specific. You will be gratified by your success when you know specifically how that success is measured.