I've seen statistics saying that only 8% of us stick to the goals we set and, although most statistics are arbitrary, if this number was four or five times higher it's still a sorry proposition.
Regardless if you woke up on January 1st bright-eyed and bushy-tailed or feeling dusty and craving greasy food, I’m betting you promised yourself a few changes this coming New Year, and why wouldn’t you? It’s more than the usual New Year's too - it’s a whole new decade, but there’s a problem lurking in the back of your mind that you may not be aware of, ready to put a chokehold on that “New Year’s Resolution”.
The problem isn’t necessarily with the goals you set but with the framework (or lack thereof) that guides you to achieve it.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish...”
Yes, that old chestnut is very literal and a wish is not an ingredient for success. Thankfully people much cleverer than myself have taken the time to figure goals out and below could help you stick to yours.
- First, you need to identify your goal: Be specific, what do you really want?
- Then you can find the "why?": Not having a desire driving your goal is the main reason people give up when it gets tough.
Now you've got the hard part nailed down, the S.M.A.R.T. method can take over:
- Specific - With a clear idea of what your shooting for you'll know when you're missing
- Measurable - If you can't track your progress there's little hope of success
- Achievable - Make sure what you set is actually possible with the resources you put in
- Realistic - It's great to aim big but make sure you add your lifestyle and commitments into the equation
- Time-Bound - Set an end-date you'll have no urgency without one.
It's your decision, but being smart makes sense to me.
Reasons come first, then the answers.