Here we are, two days into a brand-new decade. How’s 2010 for you so far? My family has spent these 48 hours—rather inauspiciously—with the flu. On the plus side, 2010 can only get better.
A New Year, of course, brings with it all kinds of opportunities to start afresh. One of our advertising execs, Phil, wrote up a few thoughts on resolutions and attaining your goals:
“Why do we wait until the end of the year to commit ourselves to making a change in our lives? A new year often brings a new hope. With that in mind, what resolutions are you making? Getting in shape, losing weight, quitting smoking, being debt free, organizing yourself, or spending more time with family? Hmm… there are so many options.
Whatever your goal, here’s my tip for success. Make your resolution SMART:
Specific: be as detailed as possible about the success you hope to achieve. When you have “I will run five miles a week” as a goal, it’s a lot easier to visualize (and do!) than a vague “I will get in shape.”
Measurable: you have an ultimate goal, but being able to see your success on the way to the goal is important—the more success you have on the way, the more apt you are to meet the end goal.
Attainable: your resolution should be something that requires action on your part. For example, winning the lottery would be great, but it requires a lot of elements that are out of your control.
Realistic: you can have the goal of becoming Brad Pitt’s BFF in 2010, but that’s not exactly, um, realistic.
Timebound: Your resolution needs a starting point, a time-line and an ending point.
With this, you’ll create a lot of small successes that lead you to your ultimate goal, sticking to the resolution you made on January 1.”
Happy New Year! What are your resolutions?