By Sandy Luedke
Have you made your New Year resolutions? Or have you already forgotten your new year’s resolutions? Don’t get me wrong, resolutions are great. But resolutions tend to be forgotten before Martin Luther King day (January 19th if you’re wondering). That’s why I’m a proponent of turning resolutions into written goals.
It has been said that failure to plan is actually planning to fail. Each year I sit down in late December and put together my goals. I use the “S.M.A.R.T” method, which stands for:
Specific – you have a clear picture of exactly what the outcome will be when you reach this goal.
Measureable – you know exactly how you define successful completion.
Attainable – the goal must be reachable but challenging. (I will make a million dollars this year is not attainable if you’ve never made over $50k in a year. It would be better to set a goal of $100K this year.)
Rewarding – achieving the goal must be personally rewarding to you.
Timing – the goal must have a reasonable time frame for completion.
When planning goals, you should also consider all areas of your life. Goals should be set for Family, Financial, Spiritual, Personal Development, Intellectual, and Health. Too much focus on one area is how we have unbalanced lives leading to less satisfaction with the goals that are reached.
One of the most important aspects of goal setting is to write your goals down and refer to them often. By writing your goals down you are more:
· Organized. Set goals once a week, plan a day and time.
· Able to measure your progress.
· Competent to increase your effectiveness.
· Capable to save time.
· Likely to improve communication with your family or loved ones.
· Proficient at increasing your enthusiasm for your future.
By setting and writing out your goals you have a road map for a successful year. Sandy Luedke, group leader of Professional Business Networking.