Have you been racking your brain trying to figure out how to set a New Year’s resolution that will stick?
After all, why would you want another year to pass where you fall short of the specific resolution and goals you set out to achieve?
Setting goals is something most of us do because it seems like the right thing to do—setting a specific goal(s) to better yourself.
But if you don’t stick to the resolution, you have to deal with the fact you didn’t stick to your resolution, and that’s a hard pill to swallow for some people.
This year will be different because we’re about to introduce you to a method that’ll change the way you go about goal planning and execution. This game-changing method is most often referred to as the SMART method.
Let’s take a closer look at what it is, how it works, and how you can apply it to your life.
What are SMART Goals?
When you set goals for yourself, do you think about anything outside of the actual end thing you’re trying to achieve?
Specifically, what it will take to achieve this particular goal.
Most people don’t, and while that’s totally acceptable, there are other methods of going about it with the SMART way.
When you see SMART, you’re looking at acronyms that describe how you should go about achieving your goal or resolution in this case.
Let’s break this acronym down piece by piece and figure out how you can make the most use of this process.
Step 1: Making Your Goals Specific
When you’re coming up with goals, you want to be as specific as possible.
When you set these types of goals, you’re able to form a precise focus on the outcome because you’ve visualized it already.
You want to think of every possible aspect of this goal, make sure you assert why it’s important to you, who else is involved, what it will take to achieve the goal, and list possible limitations and/or challenges that may arise so you can plan accordingly.
The more specific you are with goal planning, the easier it will be to bring your vision to fruition. Many people like to write everything down in great detail and repeat the process daily to maintain a certain grit and determination level.
Step 2: The Importance of Measurable Goals
It’s essential to set measurable goals. You want to be able to measure your success. This makes all the difference when you’ve planned a length goal, and you want to see where you stand.
When you can measure your progress, it serves as an immense boost of motivation. Want to know how to set this type of goal?
All you have to do is answer these questions (pertaining to the goal):
What does your goal require?
How much does your goal require?
How will you know when this goal is complete, based on these measurable components?
Step 3: Are Your Goals Realistic and Attainable?
This is where we may lose some of you because, for this method, you want to make sure your goal is realistic and attainable.
Some people believe in setting outlandish goals and using the law of attraction and other techniques to bring them to fruition. While these are all helpful tools to keep in your box, the SMART method’s mission is to set concrete, realistic goals.
To do this, think about how you can accomplish the goal in mind. How will you execute a plan to make it happen? Are any parts of your plan far-fetched? Do you have access to all the needed resources?
We’re not saying you shouldn’t reach for the stars, but simply to have different types of goals, you can work towards.
Step 4: Planning Goals Relevant to Your Needs
Planning relevant goals is vital because when everything in your life is on the same page, it just seems to flow better.
When setting relevant goals, you want to figure out if it’s the right time to go after a particular goal. People are often passionate about things and jump the gun, reaching for something they might not be in the best position for.
Everything is about timing—goals included.
It’s also important to understand that executing some goals will be a process and take time. Don’t rush the process, take your time, and make it happen properly.
Step 5: Giving Goals a Time Stamp
The “timestamp” refers to the target end-date for your goal. This ties into the measurable aspect of your goal, but the main difference is that step 5 is focused on the end.
When you set your goal, make sure you give yourself a timestamp when you’d like to achieve the goal.
When you utilize the SMART method to set goals, you can better delegate your time based on each goal’s timestamps.
Moving Forward the SMART Way
The SMART method helps millions of people set realistic goals they can achieve. So you see, it’s no different when it comes to setting a New Year’s resolution.
This year’s resolution will be different because you have the steps needed to set a plan you can execute with no issues or drawbacks.
This technique provides clarity when it comes to honing in on your goals. Furthermore, it helps with daily task planning because you have each goal set out. With each goal set out, you can devise a plan for each goal and get to work.
Final Thoughts on Your New Year’s Resolution
No matter what your New Year’s resolution is this year, you can make it happen with the technique discussed above.
The SMART method can help you make your resolution stick too!
Make sure you follow these steps when asserting your goals, and check-in with yourself regularly to see where you’re at (step 2 of the process).
It’s a new year, and while you don’t need a “new you,” it doesn’t hurt to challenge yourself to improve in certain areas of your life!
Happy New Year!