Declaring a goal is not enough. Multiply your milestones.
In Chip and Dan Heath's book, "The Power of Moments" they describe a next level goal setting technique that ditches the conventional S.M.A.R.T framework. Instead of stating a particular aim, create achievement levels that resemble gameplay to reach your ultimate goal.
For example, in a job search next level goals could be:
↣ Hone a job target and a target company list that spark interest.
↣ Meet twenty-five new people for coffee meetings (who have a job/work for a company of interest).
↣ Create custom career documents and LinkedIn profile that sing your unique value.
↣ Land a meaningful, new job in three months.
When you create levels, you commemorate progress igniting momentum toward your end goal. It's the progress principle!
Researchers Teresa Amabile & Steven Kramer, founders of the progress principle, discovered that when people end the business day making real progress at work, they leave intrinsically motivated and therefore more creative! Employees are ready for vexing problems (with creative solutions) after days of making notable progress.
So, what do you think? Can modeling your goal setting like a game make you more apt to achieve them? Has this worked for you?