Goals are specific achievements that you may want to accomplish over time. These goals are small watershed events in the course of ultimately realizing your dreams. The goals could be of any kind. They could pertain to visiting certain places, meeting certain people, finding the love of your life, owning a car, earning a specific income or having experiences that you have not yet had. The number of goals that you can set for yourself can be limitless and can cover all the areas mentioned above. But the key thing to note is that each and every goal that you chose for yourself should be SMART. SMART means Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Reasonable and Time oriented. This means that the objectives need to be elaborated in a manner that allows you to review them from time to time and assess yourself in terms of your success rate. It also indicates that each goal should have a time limit attached to it and one should not strive to achieve a single goal endlessly. The other important aspect of defining goals is that they need to be realistic and doable. If a goal involves too much of a stretch, they tend to de-motivate. At the same time easy targets do not excite or pump in adrenalin. The difference that clearly stating your goals to yourself makes can be assessed by a study that was conducted among university students who had passed graduated 10 years back. When asked about how they felt they were achieving their goals, it was discovered that a whopping 83 percent had not defined any goal. Their pursuits were directionless and therefore mundane. Sure, they were working professionals but what they were achieving was merely keeping busy and earning their daily bread! Of the remaining, another 14 percent had goals but these were not written and were stored in the memories of the professionals. Only three percent of the graduates had written down their goals to review as they progressed in the walk of life. Now figure this, those that had mental goals were earning three times more than the ones who had not set specific goals. And those who had written down their goals were earning a ten times of what the 'no goals' group was. Is not the need to define your goals now obvious and are you not now convinced to start now and write down what you want, if you already have not done so. Be careful while elaborating these goals and avoid any kind of expectations that you may form in your mind while dreaming of the achievements that you would like to gather as you go along. Don't expect that these goals shall fall in your lap because you deserve to achieve success. Any kind of an expectation shall only let you down and cause pain. So create goals and let go of any expectations that you may have. On the contrary, understand the no one deserves anything from birth and it is continuous planning and control that leads you to achieve what you want.