Real Talk Resolution

I am always amused at the end of the year with people talking about new years resolutions.  People get all into setting up resolutions and the vast majority of them are done with them in a few months.

My gym will be crowded next week; I have received numerous mailers from gyms in my area seeking to capitalize on this yearly ritual.  But here is what they know, the vast majority of those membership that will be sold will eventually stop coming.

If everyone that owned a gym membership would show up on the same day, they would have to close down because of the overcrowding.  Every gym owner knows this.

On the news this morning, I heard people being interviewed about their resolutions and there was the usual fluff: lose weight, save more, spend more time with wife/kids etc.  What would be great if they would follow up in 3 to 6 months to get a sense of where they are?

We are all goal setters which is what a resolution is. But the goal should be a SMART Goal. 

Developing sound goals is serious business to your professional development and performance.  This goal setting should not be a frivolous exercise that is just spewed from the tip of your tongue.  If you are serious about this process, you should give strenuous thought as to where you are at this point in your career or life.  In consulting it is called current state.  Where you are headed is called future state.  The difference between the two is the gap or what you may call is the transition state.  In other words getting from Point A to Point B

The S.M.A.R.T. goal is defined as one that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Timebound.

Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the “W”: Who, What, Where, When, Which, Why.  The more specific you are the better.

Measurable Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.

When you measure your progress, you tend to stay on track, reach your target milestones, and most importantly experience the exhilaration of achievement required to reach your goal. 

Attainable. When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals. 

You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps.

Realistic. To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.

Timely.  A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by?  By what date as in month and year.  If your goal is anchored within a timeframe, then you’ve set your mind into motion to begin working on the goal.

Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

If your goal is fixed in reality, you can almost taste it, it tingles the senses.  When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.

Remember that it takes a lot of work, planning and diligence to keep a New Year’s resolution.   You must create a plan and stay committed. 

So next year at this time take a look back and if you set up your goals with rigor, you will be very pleased with yourself and the progress you made.

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