We are now approximately half way through the calendar year. How many of us set New Year’s resolutions? Have you achieved your resolutions or are on track to complete your resolutions by the end of the calendar year.
According to a 2015 report by Statistics Brain, 45% of Americans made New Year’s resolutions last year, but less than half of those people were on track to achieve their goals after six months, and only 8% of the original 45% were successful in achieving their resolutions. In other words, only 3.6% of the population surveyed last year set and achieved their New Year’s resolutions.
The best way to improve the poor results is to provide quick, memorable, effective, free, online training. Such training must cover goal setting, planning, and execution because achieving goals without those skills is extremely unlikely.
Some people believe a goal or resolution is simply a two-word statement such as lose weight, get organized, or exercise frequently. However, setting a goal is more complex than selecting two words. All goals must be SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for:
For example, “make more money” is not a SMART goal, but “legally increase my income 5% by 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time on December 31st of this calendar year” is a SMART goal. The SMART goal is specific, yet there are many methods to complete it. The SMART goal is measurable; we can calculate the exact change in income. It is action-oriented, realistic, and time-bound.
Once goals are determined, the planning process can be broken down into four easy steps.
- Ask friends to help you stay on track and achieve your goals.
- Anticipate obstacles and identify contingencies should the obstacles occur.
- Modify the plan as necessary. A goal is a commitment to yourself and others; a goal should not change throughout the year unless circumstances beyond your control make the goal unrealistic. However, the plan to accomplish a goal should change if the plan is not producing the results you expected.
When the planning process is complete, we must execute our plans or no progress toward success will occur. Execution can be explained in many ways, but I believe the Nike slogan says it best, “Just Do It.”