The start of the New Year is a great time to work on goal setting. Commit to reviewing and re-assessing your yearly goals on a regular basis to achieve success in every area of your life!
Goal setting can help you reach your goals to achieve success in every area of your life. I like to review and reassess my goals at the beginning of the New Year. Although I may get lazy about doing it… I never forget that it’s that time of year!
The beginning of the year is a great time to make new resolutions, set goals, and fill out a goal setting worksheet. Of course, this goal review can happen at any time of year but is best if it is something you commit to doing regularly to keep yourself on track.
Commit to your dreams by setting SMART achievable goals this year!
SMART GOALS ARE:
S – Specific
- Goals need to be as specific as possible. SMART goals should answer questions related to who, what, where, when, why and how. Instead of saying, “I want to lose weight,” try for a specific goal such as I will lose 20 next Christmas.”
M – Measurable
- Goals must be measurable. If a goal cannot be measured, it is NOT a SMART goal. You need to be able to assess whether or not you are making progress toward your goal for it to be measurable. “I’m going to exercise a minimum of 30 minutes per day 3-5 days per week” is much more measurable than, “I’m going to exercise more.”
A – Attainable
- You cannot achieve what you don’t believe. SMART Goal setting requires that you believe that you can accomplish the goals that you set for yourself. Setting goals that seem unattainable is a recipe for failure. You can not achieve what you do not believe.
- If there is a goal that you would like to achieve that seems unattainable, make one small step toward that goal your first goal towards that end goal. Once you reach that small step, make another small step your next goal. Continue to make baby steps you believe you can achieve your goal until the end goal is reached.
R – Relevant
- Goals should be relevant to you and your current life situation. Does the attainment of this goal fit with your personality? Is this goal something you should be doing now or later? Does this goal add to your life in a positive way? Make all of your goals relevant and SMART by asking yourself these types of goal setting questions.
T – Time-bound
- Setting a due date or time frame for completion of a goal or set of goals can help keep you on track and keep your goals measurable. Having time-bound goals can help you monitor and assess your progress. Instead of stating, “I want to make a six-figure income,” try saying “I want to be making six figures five years from now.”