Happy New Year!
We are a couple of days into 2013…where are your resolutions? Have you been to the gym yet? Have you already failed on your new diet? Have you forgotten your New Year Resolutions?
Millions of people set ambitious goals for themselves every year,but the real miracle is when they accomplish even one of those goals. Why is this? Are people overly ambitious? Are resolutions for those with superhuman personal resolve? Are people too weak or lazy? Actually, we all just need to follow these three simple tips to set resolutions we can attain.
Even though it’s only been a few days into 2013, let’s dust off your resolutions and ensure you follow these three tips and you will find that the year 2013 will lead you to resolution success.
Make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T. A lot of us have heard about making SMART goals, but how many of us actually follow this great acronym. In case you don’t know, here is what it means…
S: Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal.
M: Measurable: Establish criteria for measuring progress toward accomplishing your goals.
A: Attainable: Be sure to have a plan in mind. In order to attain your goal, you will want to create a map that you can adapt, to lead you to success.
R: Realistic: We are all dreamers, but to reach your goals, you need to be realistically able and willing to attain them.
T: Timely: Be specific with your timeframe. Nothing throws off a goal faster than setting your timeframe to “someday”.
Biting off more than you can chew:
When setting goals, you don’t want to set so many that you spread yourself too thin and run the risk of overwhelming yourself by the sheer number of your goals. Setting 2-4 goals will allow you to put the necessary effort into the most important accomplishments you want to achieve. If you accomplish your goals early, congratulations to you and now go set some new ones!
As with most things, it’s important to keep balance in your goal setting. You don’t want to have one thing dominate your entire life. When you lift weights, you don’t just do forearm lifts…no one wants to look like Popeye. It’s best to exercise all of your muscle groups.
That’s why it’s better if you set goals that help you stay balanced. Try setting goals in different categories of your life…
Try setting goals in 2-4 of these categories:
There is also one other thing: write down your resolutions and place them in a visible spot in your daily life. If it isn’t front of mind, it will be forgotten.
Lets look at an example:
First draft of resolutions:
- Lose weight in the year 2013
- Be successful
- Wear smaller size clothes
What is wrong with these resolutions? If you lose 1 pound, is it a success? What if you gain weight, then lose a little of it? Now let’s try again, but this time using our three tips…
Lose 30 lbs by June 1, 2013
- Go to the gym 3 times a week minimum
- Eat 1850 calories a day
- Track my calories with my calorie counter app
Increase my sales by 5% this next year
- Go to sales training seminar in Feb
- Start and end each day with a sales call
- Ask for a referral on each call
- Audit my efforts once a month
There’s no need to do the final goal because it will be attained by accomplishing the first goal. You could change it to a different category for a more balanced goal, or just stick with the two goals you have.
By following these three tips, you can create balanced and achievable resolutions that will propel you down the path to a better you. I sincerely wish you the best on your journey.