How to Set and Achieve Goals
Brittany Blackamore shares her strategy on how to achieve New Year’s resolutions.
I love New Year’s resolutions. While some people find most resolutions silly and unachievable, I have experienced a very high success rate of achieving my resolutions, once I learned to make my goals realistic and measurable.
When making resolutions to improve, whether at the New Year or any other time, it helps to set realistic and measurable goals to ensure you set yourself up for success.
The most effective goals are SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. It’s great to decide you want to make a positive change, but to make the change sustainable, it should follow these principles.
Specific: Create goals that are clear and specific.
Your goals should be specific, rather than a generic wish list. You will need to answer, “What do I want to accomplish, and why?” This specificity should drive to the core purpose of you want to achieve, and help you identify what steps you need to take to reach your goal. Use these steps to create mini-goals as achievable milestones along the way.
Example: If you want to advance in your career, what specific roles are you targeting and what skills do you need to accomplish them? Once you identify your target, think about the steps you need to take and create mini-goals. For career advancement, these might be classes you want to take, business experiences to seek out, or mentorship to help you refine and broaden your skill sets.
Key points include:
- Identify goals that provide a challenge
- Set objectives that you can track
- Set target dates
Read the full article, Here’s How I Actually Achieved My New Year’s Resolutions, on Linkedin.