Ever wonder how to make AND keep a new year’s resolution?
Or what kind of skills and determination people who keep their new year’s resolutions have?
Research shows that only around 8% of people actually keep their new year’s resolution, so how can we beat that dismal number this year?
Keeping a new year’s resolution is just like keeping any goal you set in life.
A new year’s resolution is, after all, essentially a goal or outcome you wish to achieve.
“Goal keepers” and “resolution keepers” do certain things that knock out their to-dos or achieve the outcomes they want.
And, the number one thing they do is set SMART goals. I know - setting goals alone seems smart, right?
Well, there’s a little more to it.
A goal isn’t a goal isn’t a goal.
A smart goal is the right goal. It gives you the best shot at achieving it.
Smart goals stand for goals that are:
S - Specific
Smart goals are specific goals. So, for example, instead of saying, “I’m going to lose 20 pounds in 2018.” You discuss how you’re going to do that.
You might set a smart goal that says, “I’m going to run 1 mile 3 times a week.” And each goal you set in relation to your health will be very specific and very measurable. Those goals will help you achieve you larger goal of losing 20 pounds.
You might also want to start earning $5,000 a month in your business. But that goal, in itself, isn’t enough to get you there. You might say that you will sell 5, $1,000 packages and to do that you will need to book 5 new clients.
In order to book 5 new clients, you might need to speak to or have 8 new clients inquire each month.
In order to have 8 new clients inquire each month, you might need to put out 1 new advertisement per week and so on.
A specific goal answers questions such as:
- What do I want to achieve?
- How will I achieve it?
- When will I achieve it?
- Where will I achieve it?
- Who do I need to help me?
- What do I need to get there and what might stop me from getting there?
A measurable goal means that you can measure it every step of the way. You can track, tweak, and adjust. You know exactly how you will feel or what you’ll see when you get there.
A measurable goal answers the questions:
- How many?
- How much?
- How will I know when I’ve reached it?
If your goal is to become healthy in 2018, a very measurable goal might be to eat 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables 5 times per week and a sweet treat only 1 time per week.
You can measure how many and how much and you know exactly when you’ve reached it.
For business, a measurable goal for attracting new customers is that you’re going to place 1 new Facebook Ad every Monday for every month in 2018.
An achievable goal is a goal realistic and attainable. If you’re going to be pregnant for 6 months out of 2018 and you have a very busy year ahead of you, it might not be reasonable to lose 20 pounds within 3 months of baby being born.
And if your goal is to increase your advertising spend and focus on attracting new clients, it might not be achievable for you to make it a goal to completely revamp or set up a bunch of new systems and software for your business.
Achievable goals ask the questions:
- How realistic is this goal?
- What might limit me?
- What else do I have going on that needs my time and attention?
- What financial, emotional, and physical factors do I need to consider?
A relevant goal is a goal that truly matters to you. It’s also a goal that “makes sense right now.”
To determine if your goal is relevant, try to answer “yes” to some of these questions:
- Is this the right time for this goal considering my personal situation?
- Is this the right time for this goal considering our economic or political environment?
- Is this goal really important to me?
- Do I, alone, have control over this goal?
- Does this align with other goals that I have?
Set timelines for your goals!! Deadlines and time limits keep you motivated and give clear direction.
Set a target date, so that you stay focused on your long-term goals instead of letting everyday tasks run you off course.
Answer these questions:
- When will I accomplish this goal?
- What can I do within 2 weeks?
- What can I do within 6 weeks?
- What can I do within this quarter?
- What can I do within 6 months?
By setting smart goals and smart resolutions, you can set yourself up for success.
Once you’ve set smart goals, it’s also important to share them with friends and family and make a schedule or plan.
What do you need to do each day, week, or month to get to where you need to go? How often will you measure your results and monitor your goals?
Top goal achievers also possess patience, grit, and grace for themselves.
They’re willing to stick it out and know that it can take a significant amount of time to see progress.
They also know that failures and mistakes happen. They give themselves grace for their mishaps and get back up with grit and determination.
Cheers to your resolutions and goal setting this year!
May you set smart goals and see them through!