We all know the feeling of setting a New Year’s Resolution and then forgetting about it or quitting within a few months. Unfortunately, It’s very common for many resolution goals to be abandoned pretty quickly. Why? Because most people don’t go into it with a solid plan.
It can be hard to keep up on your new goals, but we want to make sure to provide you with some smart tips to stick to your New Year’s Resolution.
When it comes to your goals, think SMART! The SMART acronym is a very common and effective 5 step plan to assist you with making realistic and attainable goals for the 2020 year.
SMART Tips To Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution
When making your goals you have to make sure to be clear and specific. Otherwise, you won’t be able to focus on your efforts and feel truly motivated to achieve your goals. When you start to make your New Year’s Resolution, make sure that you write your goal and answer these 5 questions:
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Why is this an important goal?
- Who is involved?
- Where is it located?
- Which resources or limits are involved?
Imagine that you are currently a Managing Associate, and you’d like to become a One-Star Director. A specific goal would be, “I want to gain the experience and skills that are necessary to become a One-Star, so I can continue to build my business and lead a successful team.” Another great article for more information can be found here.
Your goals need to be measurable, this way you can track your progress and continue to stay motivated. Your goal will not happen overnight, so you need to assess your progress so you can stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel excited to be one step closer to your New Year’s Resolution goal.
A “Measurable” goal should address questions such as:
- How much?
- How many?
- How will I know when it is accomplished?
You might measure your goal of gaining the necessary skills to rank as a One-Star by completing the 5 for 5 Program to implement in your business building skills for the next 5 months.
Your goals need to be realistic and attainable to be successful. It should push your boundaries but still remain possible. When you set an achievable goal, you’ll be able to identify if there were previous opportunities that may have been overlooked. You may also find resources that could assist you and bring you closer to your goals.
An “Achievable” goal will usually answer questions like:
- How can I accomplish this goal?
- How realistic is the New Year’s Resolution?
Ask yourself whether developing the skills required to become a One-Star is realistic, based on your existing downline and how many more you need to sign up to get there. Ask yourself, “Do I have the time to get the required amount of people signed up?” Can you afford the time and resources to build your team?
The “Relevant” step, ensures that your goals truly matter to you and that it can also align with other relevant goals. We need all the support and assistance from others we can get, but make sure you keep the control over them. In short, make sure that your plans push everyone forward, but that you’re still responsible for achieving your own goals and New Year’s Resolution.
A “Relevant” goal can answer “yes” to these questions:
- Am I the right person to reach this goal?
- Is this the right time?
- Does this match my other needs/efforts?
You might want to gain the skills to become a One-Star Director but you need to ask yourself if it’s the right time for you to take on the required training and the work that it takes?
Every goal needs a start date and what better day to start than New Year’s? The deadline of New Year’s gives you something to work and plan towards. The “time-bound” part of the SMART plan helps to prevent other tasks from getting in your way.
A “Time-bound” goal will usually answer these questions:
- What can I do six months from now?
- What can I do today?
Gaining the time and the skills to be a One-Star Director may require additional experience (such as the 5 for 5 Program). How long will it take you to acquire these skills? And do you need further training? It’s important to set a realistic time frame for the smaller goals that may be necessary for achieving your overall goal.
Wrapping it Up
The SMART method can help you to keep track of your progress, hold you accountable and forces you to plan it out and to just START already! Don’t be afraid and just start small. You totally got this! There are so many things that you think can stand in the way but as long as you use our SMART tips to sticking to your New Year’s Resolution… nothing can stand in your way!