Think of your goals as dreams with deadlines. Giving them an end date can truly make the difference between simply having a dream and actually bringing it to life. After you’ve set your S.M.A.R.T. goal, map out your deadline on the calendar. Decide when you want to have achieved your feat, and then mark the finish line in brightly colored ink, with gold stars -- anything that will grab your attention. Then, work backwards from your final goal date to map out your path to the finish line by writing down your short-term goal deadlines. This success strategy helps you pin down exactly what you need to have accomplished each month to stay on track to success with your big goal, says Waterman.