Forget the pressure of making a list of New Year’s resolutions, which risk becoming a distant memory by the end of January. Instead, set SMART Goals. SMART is the acronym for:
Each of these elements must be present for us to achieve any goal we set out to accomplish. When we set a goal without a plan for achieving it, we are missing a key ingredient for successfully achieving that goal. You must also believe in your ability to achieve your goal. And you have to WANT it and be motivated to achieve your goal no matter what happens (and there will be plenty of obstacles or tests along the way!).
It’s not about creating a laundry list of items–rather, choose one goal that is reasonable for you to achieve and make it SMART. Apply these questions:
1. What do I specifically want to achieve?
2. How will I measure it to know that my goal has been attained?
3. Is my goal really attainable and action-oriented?
4. Is my goal realistic?
5. What is my time frame for achieving my goal?
Throw away the guilt of not realizing a New Year’s resolution! Instead, work your SMART goal smartly. Then watch yourself actually achieve it!