It is only about two weeks until we start a new year. What are your goals in 2018? Maybe you’re dreaming of retirement and doing some traveling, changing careers, losing that pesky ten pounds, starting an exercise program, or just spending more time with your family.
According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton Journal Of Clinical Psychology, 45% of Americans set New Year’s goals, but only 8 % are successful in achieving those goals.
This is where setting S.M.A.R.T goals can give you a clearer vision of what you really want, and it’s easier to stay on track and make corrections along the way.
Here are five ways to set S.M.A.R.T goals:
There will be no doubt that you have reached your goal. I am flying to London with two college friends.
Can you measure your goal? Let’s look at the previous example. You’re flying to London, so will you meet your goal when you land at the airport, or when you stand in front of Buckingham Palace?
If you want to change careers, do you meet the qualifications for your desired position, or will you have to relocate, take some night classes, work with a life coach, or work more hours?
It’s fun to set big goals, and daydream about being a millionaire, taking a tour of Europe, or fitting into a size 2 pair of pants.
If your bank account is on life support, you can set an immediate goal of making more money and the tour of Europe and being a millionaire will have to wait. If you have a muscular build, a size 2 pair of pants isn’t going to cut it. Experiment with different colors and styles so you’ll always look your best.
This is the last step of the goal-setting process. Let’s use the example of flying to London. When are you flying to London? Next week, next year, or for your 50th birthday? Your goal might look something like this: I will fly to London on February 1, 2018.
I hope these steps will help you with your goals. Goal-setting can seem to take forever, but don’t give up. Deal with any obstacles along the way, and keep going until you reach your goals.