As you know, 2012 is right around the corner and you’ll soon be asked, “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” Will you cringe at the thought or jump for joy at the chance to share your life changing decision?
Well, most people who set a new year’s resolution don’t make it past the first few weeks and if they’re lucky the first few months. Why? Because even though they make the resolution with good intentions, it was made on a dare or because they don’t want to be left out, or they really need the new year to be different, etc. It’s based on an emotional response. No matter what the reason, one thing that a new year’s resolution lacks is how much thought is put into it. Example: It’s 11:59 pm 2011 and here it comes, “In 2012, I’m going to……” Ok, you get the picture. Not much thought!
Ok, the madness stops TODAY. Remove all thoughts of setting New Year’s resolutions and in its place, contemplate a few goals you’d like to accomplish in 2012. Just a few items that would really make your life a little easier if you could get them done. Nothing too extravagant but definitely note worthy. Go ahead, take a minute and write them down.
Great. Now you’ve got a starting point. The best way to set goals that you will actually accomplish is to make sure the goal meets each one of these criteria: Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely. These are called SMART goals. And SMART goals are the best way to get anything worth doing, done!
*SPECIFIC: A goal that is specific should answer these questions, who, what, where, when, which, and why. Anything less and you don’t have a lot to go on. Example: A general goal is saying, “I want to get in shape”. This leaves a lot to be desired, right? But a specific goal would sound like, “I will join a gym and exercise 3 days a week.” Ah, the plan is laid out. See the difference?
*MEASURABLE: Here you want to establish concrete criteria to measure your progress. When you constantly do this, your mind continues to stay focused and seeing the progress you’re making will convince you to keep going. Answer these questions: How do I know if I’m making progress? How will I know if I accomplish my goal?
*ATTAINABLE: Can you actually reach this goal? Honestly, this is up to you. Your mindset is going to determine your effort and determination. If this goal is important to you, you’re going to find the right motivation to make it happen. Search deep inside you and find the person you’ve always wanted to be. Now, get it done!!!
*REALISTIC: Is this a reasonable goal? Or did you just set a goal to disappoint yourself down the line? Is it too easy? Is it too hard? Make sure your goal is just out of reach or makes you stretch to get there. What that means is that you set a goal that is challenging and will get you to work just hard enough to make you sweat but won’t break you.
*TIMELY: The goal must have a deadline. No deadline, no sense of urgency to get it done. It’s that simple. Oh and “someday” does not qualify as a deadline. Your unconscious mind will focus on your date and quietly nudge you in the direction you need to go. You cannot have a SMART goal without this date. Pick a date and stick to it.
There you have it, a method for achieving great success in all aspects of your life. The key is to stay focused and find the motivation to accomplish what you’ve been putting off for too long.
Now, I ask you with the utmost confidence, “What are your 2012 goals?”
Wishing you all the success in the 2012!
Make it a year to remember!
Coach Dina Blas
Dina Blas is a Confidence Coach and Motivational Speaker in Dallas, Texas. Visit http://www.DinaBlas.com to learn more about her services and to request a free 30 minute phone consultation.
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