It’s a natural time (a fresh start) to think about the goals you would like to accomplish this year.
If you haven’t done so already, take a little time to reflect on the year that has just passed… what goals did you achieve, what challenges did you face, and what do you want to do differently this year?
What is it that you truly WANT?
For many people, making resolutions for a whole year is too difficult. We prefer setting goals and intentions, especially when they are written effectively and coupled with an action plan.
Is a year-long goal feeling like too much? Focus on re-wording really big goals so that you can accomplish (and celebrate) them in more manageable parts.
Make your goals SMART
- Specific: Your goals should be as specific and detailed as possible. Include numbers, quantities, qualities, detailed description. All make the goal more “real”.
- Measurable: Write down your goal so it can be measured and tracked. Again, including quantities, percentages, or other units of measure will help you monitor your progress, track your results and know if you’ve really achieved your desired results.
- Attainable: If you set a challenging goal, break it down into smaller pieces to realize and celebrate success more often. Make sure its attainable for you, not for anyone else in your life.
- Really desired: We’re more likely to be motivated to take action on goals when we’re really invested in the end result. Make sure you’re working towards something you really want, not just something you think you “should” do or want. Have a compelling “why”.
- Time Sensitive: Give yourself a deadline…don’t fall prey to “I’d like to do this someday.” Use start and end dates.
Reflect and find your WHY
If you’re having trouble setting your goals and intentions, here are a few questions that might help you get started:
- What do you want
- more of?
- less of?
- to have?
- to accomplish?
- to achieve?
- to start?
- to stop?
- to finish?
- What will it take to make it happen?
- What will the results mean to you?
Once you’ve answered some (or all) of those questions, you’ll discover your “why”. What will success in the area you’ve selected do for your life, your relationships, your business, health, finances or anything else you hold as valuable? The answer to this is typically your motivation for moving forward.
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We help busy professionals get clear on what they want, remove barriers and time wasters, prioritize and manage their time, energy and attention to get results and create systems to make things easier. Could you use a little of that?
Here’s to your success every day of the year!