Why you ask? Just after New Year’s day a friend of mine asked me what resolutions I had made for this year. I bluntly told her that none so far and would never ever make resolutions. The reason behind it is simply because I don’t believe in them.
If you have made any new year’s resolutions you should try to understand what the word “resolution” actually means. The word “Resolve” means to settle or find a solution to (a problem or contentious matter). That’s where I have an issue. Resolutions in their own self are a continuous reminder of the negative side of the problem and it is very hard to achieve anything when you always focus on the negative.
To achieve anything, it has to be in a positive manner and provide an outlook that doesn’t keep reminding your past. As the future is no way related to your past.
The other problem I have with resolutions is that they are only made at the start of a new year and once broken you have to wait for the next year to make some more resolutions and end up with something like an image below.
So please break any resolutions you have made this year and never ever try to. Instead create some SMART Goals, convert your resolutions to goals as they are positive and can be set anytime of the year. SMART stands for
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Time bound
Here is how I went going about setting my SMART goals for the year.
Step 1: Watch the video below with full undeviating attention and listen to each word carefully.
Step 2: Get a piece of paper or a notebook and write down all the good stuff of 2013 in your business/career and your personal life. Write as many dot points as you can think of and don’t get caught up in the details. Try to experience how you felt when you achieved all those things. This will help set you in a positive mood.
Step 3: Repeat Step 1.
Step 4: On a fresh piece of paper start writing your goals and put them down in a SMART format. For example one of my business goals this year is “to create one membership site a quarter” through which I will train others on online business, so four in total this year.
Be as specific as you can get and make sure there is a deadline to it, just follow the SMART mantra and you would be good.
Step 5: Start sharing your goals with people you trust and who will support you. This will reinforce the goals and help you be accountable to your goals.
Happy goal setting and wish you achieve all the goals you set. Share below some of your goals and you never know how someone might be able to help you out.