Some of you may remember from the #Vivesmart 2015 post that I’m not about New Year’s Resolutions. I’m about setting goals and making plans.
I just wanted to do a quick revisit on why.
When I make changes to my life, whether personal or professional, it’s to improve my current circumstances. I don’t want to waste my time starting something I will never do because I’m caught up in the excitement and the stereotypical ideas about what we are supposed to do.
I’m not knocking people who set New Year’s resolutions, just noting that they don’t work for me.
When you make a resolution, often you don’t sit down and work out the logistics and plan how you can make it happen. Often, if you fail at it once, you give up and use the excuse that it shouldn’t count against you because it was a resolution. And that’s great, as long as it wasn’t a substantial change.
I choose to use the S.M.A.R.T goals method to start any change that I want to make.
Specific- What EXACTLY do you want?
Measurable- How will you know you reached your goal?
Attainable- Can it be achieved in the time you set?
Relevant- Does this goal fit in with your overall vision?
Timely- Setting a time frame to reach checkpoints or complete the goal.
This helps me to be sure that I am thinking about the relevance of the change and if it is essential and doable in my life.
So let you take away be this:
Change what will benefit you. Learn yourself and the areas where you truly need improvement. Love yourself enough to not set yourself up for failure.