Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

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The holidays are over and we’ve started a brand new year. What are your goals in 2014? Maybe you want to lose those last ten stubborn pounds, exercise regularly, take a vacation, change careers, or spend 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.

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals will give you a clearer vision and focus, and make it easier to track your progress. Here are the keys to setting S.M.A.R.T. goals:

Specific: There will be no doubt that you have reached your goal. Example: My goal is to fly to Italy.

Measurable: Can your goal be measured? Let’s use the example above. Will you meet your goal when your plane lands in Italy, or do you have a more specific destination in mind such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Florence Cathedral?

Achievable: Taking your current circumstances and skill set into consideration, is it possible to reach your goals or will you have to take some classes, get a mentor, relocate, or work extra hours?

Realistic: How realistic is your goal? Do you want to fly to Italy this month, but your bank account is overdrawn? A more realistic goal would be to budget a certain amount each month until you have enough to complete your trip.

Timely: The last key element of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals is to add a time limit to your goals. I will fly to Italy by June 30, 2014. If you have not reached your goal by the time limit, you can adjust your goals and plans accordingly.

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New Year’s Resolutions

15940527-businesswoman-drawing-plan-of-winningAfter the last piece of pecan pie is inhaled, and the holiday leftovers leave you pinching more than just an inch, it’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions. Throw out the sweets, eat more fish and salads, and no more late night munchies while watching David Letterman.

Like most people, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to eat smaller portions of healthier foods. One of my downfalls is taste testing what I prepare. It’s no fun to bake cookies without licking the bowl, not to mention taste testing a few hot from the oven. Sauces require testing just to make sure you have your ingredients combined correctly.

One more resolution I have is to keep contributing to the household income. You never know when an emergency may arise. One year when the bank account was dry, and we were holding things together with a wing and a prayer until payday, a windy storm rolled in and toppled the back fence.

Of course personal growth and growing my coaching business are also high on my New Year’s resolutions list.

What are your New Year’s resolutions, and how will you reach your goals? As always, please feel free to leave comments.