Make a three week, six week, nine week, and a twelve week check-in where you re-evaluate your resolution progress. Mark it on your calendar and when that date comes, do it!
⦁ Decide what you want to change or accomplish this year and write them down. You must write these things down or they will never have a chance of being done. Name this list: Goals for 2017.
Make your goals SMART:
- be SPECIFIC
- should be MEANINGFUL
- ACTION ORIENTED (achieveable)
- should be REALISTIC
- should be TIMELY
⦁ Number each goal according to its importance. In other words, number 1 should be the goal that is most important to accomplish this year and move on down the list.
⦁ Start with Number 1 and lay out the steps to accomplish this goal. Number each step in order and write the steps directly under the goal. Make them easy to accomplish by:
- making steps simple to understand and realistic
- directly related to the goal
- include details required to accomplish each step
- set deadlines and meet those deadlines. If you miss one, reset it immediately and get back on schedule.
⦁ Start with the first step of the first goal and work it until you reach success. Then move to the second step of the first goal until you reach success. Concentrate on this one goal, until you have attained success, then move to the first step of the second goal. Keep track of your progress on your list of steps with your SMART goal.
⦁ Don't overwhelm yourself with too many goals or too difficult goals. If you accomplish one really important goal this year, you have done better than last year. Of course, if you have several easier goals and a couple of difficult goals, then shoot for the moon, and if you fail at least you will land among the stars.
⦁ When you have achieved your first goal. CELEBRATE! Make the celebration or reward applicable to your goal. (If it is weight loss, don't reward yourself with something that will add the pounds back on, instead reward yourself with a fun activity or a shopping trip).
And as always, you can email me and share your goals, progress, challenges, or anything that is on your mind. Be sure to comment on this and any other posts. I love feedback!
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting
- Albert Einstein
Stop the insanity and make a real plan. It is still up to you to follow the plan, but you can't follow a plan that you don't have.
What do you want to accomplish in 2017? Do you have a dream that you have waited to work on and this is the year? Are you dealing with a problem and you need a plan to help you find a solution? Turn your resolutions into goals, make a plan and start to work. Time is going to pass no matter what you do. Do you want to end this brand new year and still yearn to reach your goals? Or do you want to end this brand new year having achieved at least one goal and possibly all of your goals? The choice is up to you. Stay positive!
(Credit: Management Review, November 1981 issue, paper by George T. Doran, There's a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management's goals and objectives)