Hands up, who’s already failed their New Year’s resolutions! You’re definitely not alone. These resolutions have a big failure rate because they are usually unrealistic and overgeneralised. We can’t be perfect all year round, and we do better when we have more specific goals and targets to aim for. I’m sure you’ve all heard of SMART goals. Any goals or targets you set should be:
Setting goals that tick all of these boxes make you much more likely to succeed than when you’re working on vague and unrealistic goals. So, instead of setting broad New Year’s Resolutions like “I’m going to get in shape in 2018” or “I want to save money,” be more specific to give yourself something to really focus on. SMART goals might look like these:
- I want to be able to run 5k by the end of March.
- I’m going to put 15% of my wages into my savings account each month.
- I will gain 6 new clients by the end of the quarter.
As you can see, this method of goal setting works for both personal and professional goals. Your goals can be small or large, too. You could set goals for the year, the month, the week, or even smaller, daily goals. But, when setting larger goals for the year ahead, remember to not fall back into the trap of making them too vague and overly ambitious.
If you do set a goal for the year, it’s advisable to break that down into smaller milestones. So, if you want to grow your client base, you could focus on securing one new client each month. This way, you have smaller goals to look ahead to and can celebrate when you reach each goal, and reassess if you don’t. This helps to keep your motivation up when thinking about the larger goal.
What are your goals for 2018? If you need any help setting and planning for your goals this year, get in touch to see how I can help.