If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, "I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living," and that is it. They are all wishes and none of them are clear goals.
Goals must be SMART:
S--Specific. For example, "I want to lose weight." This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to "I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days."
M--Measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.
A--Achievable. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.
R--Realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in 30 days is being unrealistic.
T--Time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date.