On Friday, I shared my 2012 resolutions and my 2012 resolutions spreadsheet. When deciding on my resolutions, I thought about my intentions for this year and what I wanted to achieve and then thought about what steps I could do to make them be my reality this time next year.
Have you made any New Year’s resolutions or goals yet? It’s not too late, you know. But I’m sure you don’t want them to be like this:
If you haven’t made your 2012 resolutions yet (or if even if you have), here’s some tips to help you set them (or revise them) to set yourself up for success.
When writing resolutions or setting any type of goal you want it to be SMART:
Specific–make the goal something very specific
Measurable–make the action item something you can quantify
Attainable–you want a goal that is actually within your reach
Realistic–set goals that you know you can meet or are just a bit of a stretch
Time-bound–set a time frame for your goal
For example: If your intention for 2012 is to lose weight, you’ll want to set SMART resolutions that support that intention coming true. So instead of saying “go to the gym” a SMART goal would be go to the gym 3 times per week for 45 minutes. This is
Specific–saying what you will do for how long and how often
Measurable–you can say whether or not you achieved this
Attainable–if you have a gym membership or means to get one this would be attainable
Realistic–3 times a week is do-able whereas every day may not be
Time-bound–there’s a time period in which to measure this.
And that’s that. Then you go on working toward it.
I’d love to know:
What are your SMART resolutions or goals for 2012, this month, or this week?
If you want help setting smart goals, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to help.