With 2018 just around the corner, it’s never too early to take an evening away from the holiday parties and gift-wrapping to consider where you want to be – and what you want to achieve – next year. A commonly referenced way to identify and then stick to your goals is to make sure they are SMART goals!
To refresh your memory, identifying and following SMART goals means that your goals are:
S: Specific – you clearly define what the goal is
M: Measurable – you can clearly measure where you stand in completing it
A: Attainable – you can do this without shaking up your whole life. Making it to the moon isn’t realistic for most of us, but losing 10 pounds might be!
R: Realistic – Your goal will only be met if it is meaningful AND realistic to achieve.
T: Timely – You start your work for this by January 2nd and can clarify when you will measure and ideally complete it
For you to get started on your goals, it is essential to write them down. Then, plan the steps out to achieve the goal. Doing this in writing, by hand, helps you determine if the goal is realistic and achievable. Then, you just have to follow through. A tip that’s helped some of our clients follow through in the past is making a copy of your goals and taping it to your bedroom mirror, bathroom mirror, and desk at work, so you can remember to check the steps as you are achieving them each day.
What are your goals for 2018? Let us know if we can help you achieve your SMART goals in the New Year!