January is the time when people set new goals. After overindulging on holiday foods, you may set a goal to lose ten pounds and fit more comfortably in your clothes. If you’re unhappy in your job you may want to look into a career change, or stay at home with the kids.
Of course, there are always people who want to travel to places on their bucket list, and experience a whole new culture.
According to a surprising study conducted by the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45% of Americans set up New Year’s goals, but only 8% are successful. Here are five steps to set S.M.A.R.T. goals:
When you set a specific goal there is no doubt when you reach your goal. For example: my goal is to fly to France.
Can your goal be measured? Let’s use the example above. Will your goal be met when you land at the airport, or when you have explored the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre Museum?
Is it possible to achieve your goal with your current skillset, or will you have to take classes, relocate, find a mentor or take on a second job? These steps can take time so are you willing to be patient with the process?
How realistic is your goal? If you’re traveling to France immediately and your bank account is overdrawn, you have a big problem. A more realistic goal would be to set aside money every month until you can afford to pay for your trip.
Set a date that you want to reach your goal. Example: I will fly to France by September 30, 2019.
What happens if you don’t reach your goal within this time period? Don’t give up. Celebrate your progress so far and keep moving forward.