How to Make Smarter Goals \\\\\\\\\\

Do you remember what your goals were January 2015? How about January 2016 or even 2017? Sure, January is the month for a clean slate and goal setting, but often, we forget about the goals we have set halfway into the year.

Remembering and achieving the goals you set is possible. With a specific method, you can create attainable goals that you can commit to, act on, analyze, and adjust for coming years.

Create Realistic Goals

Take time to create goals that are SMART – Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and have a Time Frame. Goals can be anything you want. Make goals in regards to work, finances, health, lifestyle, attitude, bucket list items, etc. Ask yourself these questions: What do I want to do this year? What do I want to achieve? Where do I want to travel? Who do I want to see? What lifestyle changes do I want to make? The sky is the limit with goal setting.

Tell Someone or Write It Down

Once you’ve decided your goals for the year, two methods that many people have found useful to help them reach their goals are telling someone about your goals or writing them down. If you decide to share your goals with a friend or family member, have them help keep you accountable by checking back with you a few times during the year. The other method is to write or type your goals, but to help keep yourself accountable, keep these written goals in a place where you can see them often. Both approaches are hugely successful in keeping you focused and right on track for accomplishing the goals you set. You are likely to take steps toward your goal if someone is checking in on you or if you write it down instead of saying “someday I’d like to…”


Remember this: goals don’t happen on their own.  Following one or both of the above methods will help you reach your goals, but you are the only person who has power to actually make it happen. Think about the specific actions you will need to make, write them down, and plan to tackle your goals one step at a time. When you break it down step by step, it is easier to see that the end result is achievable. 

Analyze and Adjust

Throughout the year and especially toward the end of the year, analyze yourself. Are you on track with each stage toward your goal? Can you see the end? If not, it may be time to adjust your goal. Don’t be discouraged by this. Make mistakes once, learn from them, and guide yourself toward a different path. As long as you’re on your way to reaching your goal, you’ve done something right, and you should be proud of yourself for that.

Remember that achieving goals doesn’t just happen. It requires hard work, planning, commitment, action, and analysis. You don’t need to have multiple goals; one is fine. Take the time to write down a goal or two for 2018, tell someone about it, and give yourself a pat on the back in December, because you did it.

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