I am a huge believer in goal setting. This is the way I work towards things throughout the year. I’ve been a goal setter for many years and the early years in the last few years have really gotten a lot of traction in my goal setting. I’m going to write about this a lot over the next several weeks, but want to throw down some thoughts now.
1) Run your goals from February – January.
Start your goals February 1st. Do this rather than the traditional start time of January 1st. I started doing this a couple of years ago when I was training for a half marathon that was being run in January, but was a goal of mine for the previous year. I liked it a lot for a couple reasons:
- Everyone was writing goals to start in January. There was energy around it. That energy gave me some energy to push through as I was finishing my final goal.
- Most people quit on their goals by February. If you start your goals then (and finished them in January) then you have 1 month of achievement behind you and the energy to start new goals.
2) Assess where you’d like to be in one year.
You’ve got to figure out where you want to be in the future. You may need to make a 3 year plan, 5 year plan, or even a 10 year plan. One thing is for sure you need to get in your mind where you want to be in one year.
Ask these questions:
- What do you exist for? It’s always important to get this thing settled. This is the reason why you setting goals.
- Where do you want to be physically, emotionally, spiritually, professionally, financially in one year?
- What would represent significant improvement?
3) Write The S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. Goals of your life.
This is my own take on the famous SMART Goal system and the next evolution – SMARTER Goals. I’m going to write more on writing the SMARTEST Goals of your life in days to come, but for now here is what the acronym stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time Bound, Evaluate, Share, and Tailor.