Start S.M.A.R.T.

Yesterday I had a chance to attend a professional development session about setting and achieving goals in 2017. I registered as soon saw the session being offered because I have had a hard time getting my 2017 goals off of the ground. I have yet to eat salad at least one time per day, walk into a gym or finish a project that I have been working on since last year.

The session was informative. It didn’t give me any mind blowing information that I had never heard before, but I was ultimately glad to be out of my office and in a new environment. Here is a little bit of what I “learned”:

Goals have an end date, a desired result and it is a direct object of a person’s ambition or effort.

People do not accomplish goals because of insufficient resources (money, knowledge, etc.), their goals are not specific enough, they set unattainable goals and they do not set a timeline.

It is best to use a S.M.A.R.T. approach when setting goals.

S – specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R – Realistic

T – Timely

For example, I want to pay off my car. When using the SMART approach I would say:

  1. I want to pay off my car by December 31, 2017 by paying an additional $200 per month.

It seems simple enough but I realized that I was making a lot of general “goals” and then becoming irritated when I didn’t achieve them. I wrote down 14 goals from the session and for the rest of the week I plan to apply the S.M.A.R.T. approach to all of them in hopes to finally achieve them.

Wish me luck!

-Live Life, God Bless

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