As we welcome the New Year we find ourselves contemplatin our resolutions. Make 2016's resolutions different by being SMART about your goals. SMART is an acronym that has many differing meanings;
however, I use the variation below to help my clients realize their dreams. I encourage you to think about the things in your life that you would like to change. Jot down your thoughts using this
SMART goal model to help you create an plan of action that works for you.....so that you too, can see your dreams become reality.
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The first step in getting what you want is to first know what it is that you want. Be specific, your goals should be straightforward and emphasize what you want to happen. Avoid general goals, such as "I want to get into shape." Instead define clearly what you want.
For example: "Instead of feeling tired and sluggish, I want to feel full of energy from the time I wake up; until the time I crawl into bed."
The reason to change (motivator) must be strong enough to carry you through the change process. Keep asking yourself 'why' until you find your meaningful answer.
Write down you motivator and keep it close by to remind you of the reason behind your goal; this will help when life gets in the way, and/or things get tough.
Your goal remains a dream until you put a plan of action in place. Write down three things you can do to start you on your journey. Reevaluate your action plan every four to six weeks to ensure you are staying on task, making changes.
To be realistic the goal must be 'do-able' for where you are at the moment. This means that the learning curve is not a vertical slope; that the skills needed to do the work are available. The actions you set toward reaching your goals should challenge you, but not break you.
Even the best of plans will have obstacles. When something does not go according to plan, what will you do instead? Having a plan B in place helps to make your goal more realistic.
Set a time frame around the actions. If you don't set a time, the commitment is too vague.
How will you know that you have achieved success? What will it look and feel like? Throughout the process of reaching your goals you will be making and breaking habits, changing your lifestyle and becoming the person you have always wanted to be. Take the time to visualize that person and the life he/she is living.