The New Year makes us all want to commit to something new. Regardless of your final resolutions this year, you can turn them into S.M.A.R.T. goals so you can truly see your success.
What is a S.M.A.R.T. goal?
Paul J. Meyer, the author and founder of Success Motivation International, defines S.M.A.R.T. goals in his book “Attitude Is Everything: If You Want To Succeed Above and Beyond.” This fantastic book lays out a concise method to set and achieve goals. S.M.A.R.T. stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.
S is for Specific.
Be very specific about your final vision for your goal. Whether it is a business or personal goal, you should clearly define what you want to accomplish, why it’s important, who you may need to be involved, where you can execute your activities, and what resources you’ll need to be successful.
M is for Measurable.
There is nothing worse than running a race and just following the leader. When you’re considering resolutions this year, take time to layout the finish line. How will you know you’ve completed it successfully?
A is for Achievable.
Look carefully at the full picture and your current standing. Is your resolution achievable? What obstacles may stand in your way and how can you ensure success.
R is for Relevant.
Every resolution you select should match your other efforts, be a worthwhile expense of your time, and applicable for you personally as well as professionally. Look at the big picture of your work life balance.
T is for Time Bound.
Create a target date for your resolutions. Giving yourself a firm deadline will help you focus on meeting the mark. For example, if you want to increase revenue by 30% this year for your business, give yourself a few benchmarks to view your progress and a final date to see how you really did.
Benefits to smartening up your resolutions. This S.M.A.R.T. method for goal setting helps you plan and achieve your goals. It is an extremely effective tool to help you gain clarity and motivation.