I hope that New Year's Eve ushers in a year of happiness, health and prosperity for you and your family. Looking back on the previous year, 2016 has been an interesting one. There's been a ton of turmoil around the world and in the news.
Of course at the end of most years we look back and see all the things that were 'wrong' with it and wonder what we can do better. According to an article titled 'Why We Make New Year's Resolutions' written by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. for PsychCentral, we like resolutions because it's as though we are starting with a clean slate. Our past, including our weaknesses or short-comings, are magically erased and we get to try to be our best selves.
Have you thought about your goals yet?
First you have to decide what your goals will be. Then of course is the implementation of those goals. How do we do that? By making sure that they are SMART goals.
What's It Stand For?
There are several versions but the one that I like the best is:
What does this all mean? When evaluating your goals, to help make them easier to reach it's best to make them SMART.
The first part of making a goal is to be specific. Answer these questions:
The second part is to set up a way to measure your goal in progress.
A goal can and should stretch your skills. As you look at your goal see if you need to develope
Make sure that your goal is something that you want to work for and that you have the ability to complete it.
Make sure to give yourself a deadline. Someday has no sense of urgency.
If you'd like to use a helpful interactive tool to help make sure that your goals are SMART, check out AAHA's SMART Goals. It will even give you tips based on questions you answer for each part of SMART.
Some helpful websites include Top Achievement and Wikipedia.
Here Are My SMART Goals for 2017
I feel pretty fortunate that both professionally and personally I was able to accomplish some pretty lofty goals in 2016. I was able to complete my first draft of my novel Luminata and I obtained my specialty certification in my profession. I used the SMART system for these and it works for me. I also like taking big goals and breaking them down into easy to digest chunks.
Of course, there are new goals in my life that I hope to take on in 2017. Some are related to my writing and others are for my professional life. Here's my list of goals:
These goals seem pretty lofty to me, but then again, I like to push myself.
So, what are your goals for 2017?