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.

Happy 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July! Does anyone know why July 4th is a significant day in history? July 4, 1776 was the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress, and the United States was declared independent from the Kingdom of Great Britain. What a day to celebrate!

Too often we take our freedom for granted. We have running water, a warm place to call home, and the freedom to express our opinions on any subject. In many parts of the world, people don’t even have these basic necessities, and speaking out can result in a swift trip to the jailhouse, never to be seen again.

What I find equally exciting is the freedom to create the life of your dreams. You have something unique and special to contribute to the world, so if you have a dream, go after it, and don’t let anything or anyone stop you. This is an area where it is invaluable to have the guidance and support of a life coach, to help you over the rough spots. I would be honored to take this journey with you.

Once again, Happy 4th of July. Spend the day relaxing, eating good food, and enjoying friends and family. It’s great to live in the land of the free.