Sheri here –
Are you making New Year’s resolutions? Don’t waste your time!
What you say? Don’t try to change? Don’t try to improve yourself?
Only 8% of the people who make resolutions are successful – that is a pretty sad success rate! Many don’t even survive the WEEK, let alone the month.
Make a Plan
I am not advocating that you don’t strive for personal growth or improvement. But use a method that WORKS!
There are studies (well, purportedly, there are studies) that say 3% of Harvard grads that made written goals WITH A PLAN, made 10 times the money their fellow grads made who either had no goals or had goals with no plans.
So, as I said, don’t make New Years’ resolutions – make written goals with a plan!
I remember years ago when someone had told me about goals, I decided that I would write a set of goals that I wanted to achieve during my lifetime.
I spent quite a bit of time working on them. I wrote them out. I wrote out STRETCH goals, the kind that seemed possible but really stretched me. Life got busy. The piece of paper with my goals got buried in the clutter of everyday life.
One day when I was moving, several years later, I came across the piece of paper and was stunned to see that I had already achieved a number of those goals.
Once again they got buried in the move and resurfaced again, years later.
This time, I realized that I had achieved every single one of those goals that I had written down. They had been acting as a rudder for my actions over the years.
Make Them SMARTER Goals
I’ve become an advocate of goal setting. But…I have discovered, there is a method to assuring greater success with your goals.
That method is setting SMARTER written goals. What you say – SMARTER written goals? What on earth is that?
It is an acronym, which sets out the actions. Here ya go:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Time-Bound
E – Evaluate
R – Readjust
So get a piece of paper and write out your SMARTER goals – not New Year’s resolutions!
Try it. It might make the difference you have been looking for.
I’d love to hear your top 3 SMARTER goals for the year. Share it with us in the Facebook Group Reinventing You, just click here!
Whether you write goals or not, spend a little time reflecting on the year, even the decade that is ending and dream a little about how you want next year to be. Then, maybe write some goals!!
Have a safe, wonderful New Year’s celebration.
P.S. Ok, so you like the idea of written goals and how they could make your dreams more realizable, but you are still BAFFLED by SMARTER goals. If you’d like some help, let’s talk, you can schedule some time to chat right here with this link.