As 2016 comes to an end, think back 365 days, are you closer to your dreams?
The End of the year is the perfect time to reflect on where you have been and where you are going.
Setting goals is the best way to outline and track the road to meeting a goal. Setting goals can increase motivation and increase achievement. Was there something you wanted to do in 2016 that you did not get done? Did you set out goals to complete this thing? Most likely not.
Most dreams we want to accomplish will take many small goals. When all the small goals are met our big dream can be fulfilled. People say "just set a goal and work toward it" but setting goals is a skill. You need clearly defined, written goals to be most successful. I am partial to the SMART Goal mnemonic—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.
Specific: Clearly state simple, sensible, significant goal. You should answer: Who, what, when, where, which, and why.
Measurable: Meaningful, motivational. You should answer: How many, how much, how I will know I am done?
Attainable: Agreed upon, achievable, acceptable, action oriented. As you work toward goals you will stretch yourself and build your self-image toward the goals.
Relevant: Reasonable, realistic, results-based. Your goal needs to be something you are WILLING and ABLE to work toward.
Timely: Time-based, time limited, tangible. You want to set a specific time table that is realistic.
Today, December 31, 2016, I have met two goals. One goal was a long term goal….28 years to reach the goal. The second was a short term I set January 1, 2016. Let me walk you through these two goals.
Goal 1: Raise all my children to the age of 18 years old without them being pregnant or getting someone else pregnant.
Goal 2: Start my social media foot print as Dr. Christy Moore in FaceBook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and a website with at least 24 blog post by December 31, 2016.
Note both goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. I know who (my kids), what (not parents), when (by 18th birthday), where (not relevant, anywhere in the world just not being a parent), which (all the kids), and why (I did not write that in the goal but the why is because I want better for them than I had). Both of these goals had sub-set goals. I set a goal of producing X amount of material for social media by March. A goal set to have logo by summer, have all platforms up by fall, etc. Both goals are goals that took a lot of time, work, and sacrifice. The only way to be successful is to do a little work each day toward the goals. Don’t set goals thinking they will be reached overnight and without effort.
So look back at 2016, is there things you wanted to start but didn’t? Don’t let The End of 2017 be the same. Sit down take some time and set your SMART Goals! You can do it!
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