Are you planning to make New Year’s Resolutions? Why not ditch the resolutions this year and make some SMART goals you want to reach instead. There are a couple of reasons why resolutions may not work well for you. If they do, great. Keep doing what you’re doing, but if they don’t, then read on.
We’re so used to breaking our resolutions, that we start to think it's okay to try a little and then give up. It’s a mindset thing. A goal on the other hand, particularly if it’s a SMART goal (read more about setting SMART goals here), is something we believe we can reach. That makes us work a little harder and not give up on the end goal.
If there’s one thing we know about goals, they have to be SMART, right? After all, that’s what we’ve been told for years. The only thing that matters is that your goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.
While that looks great on paper—and clearly it’s easy to remember—it doesn’t go far enough for those who want to achieve big things.
Think about it. If what you dream about is a 3-day workweek, time spent with family and friends, and enough money to to pay the bills and take a beach vacation each year, you can write that into your SMART goals. But, it seems pretty clear that those safe, smart goals alone aren’t going to get you there.
There are several things to ponder when getting prepared to set goals. Great goals are comprised of a focused outcome, are in line with your values, and are positive in nature.
This is how I like to use the S.M.A.R.T. method:
Specific - what is it you're exactly trying to achieve
Measurable - you want to know when you've achieved it
Action-oriented - do something about it
Realistic - Make it something that you can realistically do
Time-Bound - make sure your goal has a deadline
Did you make a big New Year’s Resolution this year?
Maybe it was to start a weekly blog. Maybe it was to only work 25 hours a week. Maybe it was to finally take your business to that next level.
We tend to make big resolutions at the beginning of the year.
And why not? We have an entire year to complete them. That may sound like a good thing at first but a few days into the new year, reality sets in and you realize you've made a big resolution...and a year is a long time.
Sticking to writing a blog once a week for 52 weeks sounds daunting, doesn’t it? As does creating a 25 hour work week. And how about taking your business to that next level --- that sounds like it could involve a lot of work!
It’s no wonder New Year’s resolutions are broken before the end of January.
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