It’s the beginning of the year and once again, we’re making resolutions. But this year there’s one small difference. This year, we’re going to stick with them, right? Yeah…right.
If you’re anything like me and millions of other folks, you make resolutions each year and at some point during the course of the year, you forget all about them. That is, until once again the New Year is upon you. It’s a vicious cycle and consistently leaves us feeling like we aren’t living up to our full potential. I don’t know about you, but I’m not doing it anymore. I’m officially swearing off resolutions.
The problem with resolutions is that while well-intended, they aren’t action oriented. We have a general idea of what we want, but we haven’t mapped out the path to get there. That’s why setting goals is much more effective. Goal setting is a process and in order to be effectual, goals should be S.M.A.R.T.
- Specific: Goals should be clear enough that we know what we’d like to accomplish.
- Measurable: Goals should contain criteria that allows us to measure progress.
- Attainable: Goals should be practical and achievable.
- Relevant: Goals should be realistic, but spurn you to action and growth.
- Time-Bound: Goals should have a deadline for completion.
By setting goals and taking action to accomplish them, I’m certain we can make this our most productive year yet!
Onward and upward!