It is January, the month when the most resolutions are made … and broken. Why? Because they were not real goals. Goals drive achievement. They keep us focused and determined. The person with defined goals knows exactly what they want out of life and how they will achieve it. They are the masters of their destiny. First visualize your goals. What do you want? Write it down and keep the list handy and close. Cut out pictures that reflect your goals and keep them close as well.
The acronym S.M.A.R.T. has stood the test of time.
Specific: Identify what you are passionate about and why … really.
Measurable: How will you know when you will achieve your goal? What will you take as evidence of its accomplishment? You also need to pick an exact time and date for the goal to be achieved.
Attainable: Can your goal be achieved? Is it realistic? If so, write it as if you are owed it and it is coming, no matter what.
Relevant: Make sure your goal will make a difference in your life and is something you are passionate about. Why do something that you don’t care about?
Timetable: What will be the interim, tiny steps that you will take to accomplish your goal? What will be your milestones and check points. What will you do if you get sidetracked? This timetable is key to your accomplishing your goal!
OK, you have the steps … so now get started … Ready, Set, GOAL!
(From Time Mgt. – Dr. Mimi Hull)