Just a reminder that YOU’VE GOT THIS!  You can do it.  What ever goals or resolutions that you’ve set for yourself this year, they are completely DOABLE!

We’re a solid week into the new year and now is the perfect time to give those resolutions a check up.

Pull out a piece of paper and a pen and write down your goals for this year.  We’re going to put each one through a test to make sure they are SMART.

S – Are they Specific?

“I want to finish my novel” isn’t specific enough.  A better goal would be to say “I’m going to write my novel between 5am and 7am Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday”. This is specific and it makes me accountable to my daily actions.

M – Is it Measurable?

Make more money and lose weight are all measurable, but you have to frame them properly and choose how you plan to measure the success of your goal.  Maybe you have a business loan you’d like to pay off.  Your goal would be to “pay an extra amount of X monthly for X months resulting in $0 debt by X date”.

A – Is it Attainable?

Setting unrealistic goals is a great way to create frustration.  You can’t create a website today and expect it to rank on the first page of Google tomorrow.  You can however create a daily schedule of activities to get you there.  For example you may decide you’ll “write one article a week on X topic that create deep links back to my website for the next 6 months with the aim of ranking on the first page of Google for X keyword”.

R – Are they Relevant?

Does it matter to you?  Are you passionate about it?  Will these “actions” help you achieve your overall dream?  If you’re trying to grow your business by X% than your goals should reflect that.  Cleaning out the back storage closet, although probably a good idea, will not likely help you grow your business.

T – Are they Time Certain?

Giving yourself a limit helps with accountability, but it also allows you to monitor your progress.  Commitment to deadlines keeps your goals from become abstract.  These are the activities that will help you achieve your dreams and putting them on a time line will help you manage your focus and any needs for re-direction.

You see, there is a difference between wanting something and creating a goal to attain that which you want.

Goals give value to your future.  There are a ton of great books on goal setting.  One of my favorites is Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy.  It’s basically 21 points on how to stop procrastinating and focus on relevant activities to help you achieve your goals.  If you have any favorites I would love it if you could share them here.

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