I’m BACK! This past holiday season seemed to have been longer and crazier than normal, in a GREAT way! Things seem to have cooled down a bit and I’m excited to work, motivate myself and others, and start 2014!
New Years resolutions are funny to me…Most people tend to set irrational goals for themselves every year and then wonder why they never succeeded. I mean, let’s face it, we’ve all set ridiculous goals for ourselves. We feel a spike of motivation between the months January through March, maybe April, and then that motivation dies down. We get distracted by other things causing us to rearrange our priorities. This forces us to completely let go of that initial New Years goal. Let’s change that!
SMART goals are the best way to prevent side-tracking in your daily routine. If your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and you have a time frame that you want to achieve these goals, you are much more likely to succeed. For example, “I want to lose weight this year” is NOT a SMART goal; “I will lose 15 pounds by July 1st this year” is a SMART goal. Note the “will” is a much more determined attitude than the “want”. Everyone wants things, but to have the strength to commit to the “will” is much different.
Be Specific: What is it exactly you’d like to accomplish. Get to the root of the goal.
Measurable: How can you track this goal? Will you be able to take data or measurements weekly? Monthly? Find a way to keep yourself on a organized path.
Attainable: Is this something that you can accomplish? What may be some obstacles in your way?
Be Realistic: Is your goal a reality? For example, if your goal is to lose 15 pounds, losing it in 1 week is not realistic. Losing it in 7-10 weeks is.
Time-bound: Give yourself a deadline. Without a deadline or a time frame, it becomes a lot easier to push your goal towards the back burner and prioritize other things.
- Get a piece of paper and a pen, jot down things you’d like to accomplish this year
- Prioritize these goals in order of most important to least
- Get deeper into each goal/idea by using the SMART method
- Keep a journal and log everyday. Be sure to include what you did to work towards your goal. Include if you slacked in anyway, and why. How can you be better tomorrow?
I know it is not a simple task to stay true to your goals, but the SMART goal method is a tool that if utilized to its fullest potential, will guide you to success.
Another thing you can do to keep yourself even more focused on the final prize, is write down an execution plan of how you will go about making the necessary changes. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you may want to know ahead of time what you will be eating and when. Keep a food journal, and write everything down. Also keeping a consistent workout plan and logging that as well. BE THOROUGH!
Motivation. Focus. Determination. Success.