Things slow down for most of us this time of year … it’s a great time to reflect on all you’ve experienced and accomplished over the last 12 months … as well as to set goals for the year ahead.
And to quote the late great Zig Ziglar:
“A goal properly set is half way reached!”
I have been setting written goals at the beginning of the year for the last 9 years in four areas of my life:
– Business / Financial
– Adventure / Toys
And I have a written record of all of it.
It’s AMAZING how the goals I have set each year have almost ALL come true!
A few I am still working on … but I am WAY, way, way ahead of where I’d be if I didn’t go through this process on an annual basis.
I will say that the past three or four years though, I’ve started accomplishing a lot more and have “accelerated my life” if you will in ALL areas … and a big part of this is using the S.M.A.R.T. system for goal setting.
Here’s how it works:
“S” stands for specific. A general goal would be “get in shape”. A specific goal would say “pick a training plan to follow and do it 3x per week”.
“M” stands for measurable. Ask questions like – how much? how many? how will I know when it’s accomplished?
“A” stands for attainable. When you set out to accomplish something and put your mind to it, to begin to figure out ways to make it happen. I think we are capable of FAR more than we think we are!
“R” stands for realistic. To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective that you are both willing and able to work towards.
“T” stands for timely. A goal must be grounded with a time frame. Without this, there is no urgency … and this makes it a lot tougher to accomplish what you’ve set out to do.
For each goal you set, make sure to go through this process … you’ll be AMAZED at the difference it makes.
Now you have a way to set SMARTer goals for the New Year.
Take some time or yourself over this week to figure out what you want to accomplish in 2015.
And let’s have the best year ever!
– Forest Vance, MS, RKC II
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Thanks, and Happy Holidays –
– Forest Vance, MS, RKC II