It happens every new year. The same old line, “New Year, New Me.” People roll their eyes at the phrase. While the intentions are good, sometimes they never get done. I am guilty of that as well. I swore 2016 was going to be my year and I had grand plans, perhaps too grand. With 2017 coming up, I spent the last month feeling that 2017 was going to be the year I made my goals and plans come true. You too can make 2017 your year! So grab a planner, and let’s get to work!
In most of my business classes, we are taught that goals need to be SMART. This is the acronym I plan on using for my goals and I feel it will be a great tool for you to use as well. Let us break it down letter by letter.
S is for SPECIFIC
You will never succeed in your goals if you make them vague. Be as specific as possible. This will help you when you follow the next letters in the SMART acronym. For example, instead of saying “I will exercise more” you should say ” I will exercise Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.”
M is for MEASURABLE
According to http://topachievement.com, to make a goal measurable you have to “establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.” For example, break your larger goal into smaller pieces, then you can check off each milestone as you go towards accomplishing your bigger goal.
A is for ATTAINABLE
Set yourself up for success. Start small. If you are getting into an exercise routine, you do not start off with a HIIT or Crossfit. You start small. 90 minutes a day or walking every day for an hour. Something small, then you can build up to doing HIIT or something more strenuous.
R is for REALISTIC
Keep your goals realistic. They have to be able to be reached within a set amount of time. Saying you want to make a million dollars in a year is a bit of a stretch and not very realistic, though it does sound nice. I would love to make that much with my business, but all in due time. Just make sure your goals are set low enough that you can make them, but big enough that you feel a sense of accomplishment and pride.
T is for TIME
Set deadlines for your goals. If you set times, you will stay focused and on track for your goals and they will not fall to the wayside. Make sure your time frame is realistic and measurable.
You can do anything you set your mind to. You just need the drive and the focus to succeed. It will be slow going at first with whatever goals you may have, but when you reach the end of the year, you will be able to look back and see how much you have accomplished.
Stay tuned for more in my Goals 2017 series!! As always, stay captivating!