Everyone makes them: New Year’s Resolutions. Lose weight, stop smoking, get healthy, move, invest for retirement, get a job, improve relationships.
All are great goals if they are personal. How often have you set anyone of these and by the end of the year, you have yet to achieve it? How many can say “my goal is to lose 20 pounds and I only have 30 pounds to go.”
What is the one thing that is missing in each of these goals?
They all fail the S.M.A.R.T. goal formula
Maybe you have heard about S.M.A.R.T. goals. Perhaps not.
Anytime you develop a goal, use the S.M.A.R.T. goal formula and it will not only be a goal, but something you will actually achieve.
S – Specific significant, stretching. You can see from any of the goals most people set as New Year’s Resolutions, none of them are specific. They are general in nature. How much weight do you want to loose? You say 20 pounds. Much more specific.
M – Measurable meaningful, motivational. Now you need to take the 20 pound and get on that scale and begin tracking and measuring how much weight you are loosing. No sense setting a goal when you do not measure the progress.
A – Achievable, agreed upon, attainable, acceptable, action-oriented, Weight loss that has a goal of saying you want to loose 20 pounds when you do not implement the changes you need to make in diet and exercise will not yiled the results.
R – Realistic. Within the availability of resources, knowledge and time. Another way to say this, “Is the goal of loosing 20 pounds in x amount of time realistic.” Yep, you want to have that weight off in 2 weeks, but that is not realistic.
T – Time based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable. You set the goal, how you are going to measure success, know that is is achievable and realistic, and now you set the time-frame you want to reach it. You say it will take 3 months.
The SMARTER Goal
Now you have created the SMART Goal. There are two more elements that can be added if you want to make it a SMARTER goal.
E – Ethical. You undertake the weight loss program, but use a rapid weight loss clinic, but you do not have the money and you charge it. To most people the manage their finances with the intentional process of Every Dollar Counts for something, borrowing money is always a bad idea. Check out Dave Ramsey and his sound financial advice.
R – Recorded. You are measuring the progress, but recording it will help you see the progress and help you attain the goal.
You can download the SMARTER GOAL template to help you alosng this process.
Now, take the SMART or SMARTER Goal formula and apply it towards your job search. If you fail to reach it by a certain date, analyze why you may have missed the date and then calculate a new date after you make the changes to why the goal deadline was missed. Sometimes the ACHEIVEABLE or ATTAINABLE part of looking for a job, is not totally in your control.
Take the satisfaction that you have a SMART goal and you are working towards actually achieving your New Year’s Resolution in 2017.
Best of Success in Reaching your Goals this year.