The key to successful goal-setting, resolution and actual commitment starts with a couple questions. Hopefully, the answer is Yes. The answer should always be Yes.
Do you have the desire to improve yourself? Do you have the desire to be a better colleague, employee, supervisor, friend, relative, and significant other?
We first have to be willing to improve, no matter what a rock star we think we are. We don’t want to set goals only for work or only for personal life. Let’s look at the big picture and improve ourselves in all of our roles.
Review and Evaluate.
Before looking ahead, it’s a good idea to know what went really well and where did you struggle this year? Evaluate all of your relationships. Evaluate all of your ‘departments’ (work, school, home, church, financial, social, emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, etc.) For me, I had a lot of great ideas at work, but poor execution. I spent a lot of time doing a lot of little things, but not the big, important things. I spent more quality time with my kids and that’s because I limited social media (except for Instagram. Can’t quit that!) I planned my weekends better, which allowed us to have more eventful weekends. I lowered my carbon footprint and I exercised more than the year before.
This is the baseline thought process we should have in order to set new goals.
Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
Your goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. So that means instead of “Lose Weight in 2018”, your goal should be “Lose 10 pounds by March 31st. No alcohol and sodas for 3 months. Eat sweets only during celebrations. Walk 3 miles twice/week.” Instead of “improve my writing skills”, write “Enroll in an online writing class before June.”
You need to be able to quantify your goals and understand exactly how you will achieve them.
How many goals should we have? As many as you want, just make sure they are all realistic. I personally set 10-12, but it just depends on what you want to change!
Create your new goals before mid-December. You need to have your goals locked in and ready before the year begins.
You have to write them down, laminate, and display them in a place you see every day. The reason we stop committing to resolutions is not necessarily related to motivation. Sometimes, we just forget!
Put it on your Calendar.
Your SMART goals should be time-bound, so that means you can put it on your calendar. You can pencil in “Walk 3 Miles” on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for example.
Share your goals with others because that helps you remain accountable to your goals and they also want to foster success for you. They may have something to add, such as “Hey if you achieve your weight goal, I’ll treat you to a shopping spree to get new clothes.” 😀
Celebrate the Wins.
Did you walk twice this week? Awesome! That’s something to celebrate, so make sure you let these small wins lift you emotionally and spiritually. We need to enjoy these morsels of happiness to keep us rejuvenated.
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