Welcome 2018!! Yes, a new year is here! It's the perfect time to set new and exciting goals. As we all know from experience, making a New Year's resolution is easy. Sticking with it and actually achieving your goal is hard -- very hard. Unfortunately, only about 8 percent of us who set goals achieve them. But the good news is that research shows people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to change their behavior than those who never commit. Why do we find it so difficult to stick our resolutions/goals? It's probably because the resolution wasn't S.M.A.R.T. In order for goal setting to be effective you need to understand how to write S.M.A.R.T. goals. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.
Specific: What specifically do you want to accomplish? For this step you can ask yourself the 5 W's - who, what, where, when and why.
Measurable: What will it look like if you achieve your objective? How will you know when you've reached this goal? We need to know where the finish line is and when we have completed the goal. The answer to this goal must be a true or false, a yes or a no or a specific number.
Attainable: Can you realistically reach this goal? Remember, the whole point of a goal is to be challenged and set a goal that will push you, but it shouldn't be impossible.
Relevant: The goal must fit into the overall reason you are doing this. This plays along with "why" you are setting this goal or "why" you want to obtain this goal.
Timely: What is your deadline? All objectives need a timeline, which will hold accountability to your actions and progress.
Check out this video for a more detailed discussion on setting your S.M.A.R.T. goals...