Set Your Goals
A realistic goal is SMART (in more ways than one)
Specific – Smart goals are specific enough to suggest action.
"Example: Save enough money to get a refrigerator, not just save money.
Measurable – You need to know when you’ve achieved your goal, or how close you are.
Example: A refrigerator costs $600, and you have $300 already saved.
Goals which aren't measurable, like "I'd like to have more money," are much harder to achieve - and you don't even know when you get there.
Attainable – The steps toward reaching your goal need to be reasonable and possible.
Example: I know I can save enough money each week to arrive at my goal within one year.
Relevant – The goal needs to make common sense. You don't want to struggle or work toward a goal that doesn't fit your need.
Example: You don't need to save money for 18 pairs of shoes.
Time-related – Set a definite target date.
Example: The repairman says my refrigerator won't last another year. I need a new fridge in the next six months.