Being that we are in March…. more than 2 full months of the new year have already come and gone… I find these statistics disheartening from StatisticsBrain.com regarding New Year Resolutions / Goals:
Though I am one of the 16.3% who achieves their resolutions each year, I find it so sad that there are over 80% of women and men, who are at their peak of life, and they are not achieving what they have been working so hard at.
Or have they?
It definitely takes work though it is not hard work that is needed. What is needed is SMART work, which is why I love to connect SMART goal setting to the outcomes people achieve. How?
Most individuals simply state resolutions which have no substance, detail or commitment behind them. For example:
• I want to earn more money.
• I want to lose weight or get fit.
• I want to start my own business.
• I want to find a significant someone.
• I want to travel more.
You get the picture.
However, these are simply ‘wishes’ dependent on hope and a dream to actually achieve. What they lack is:
• Knowing what it is they are actually wanting to achieve.
• Understanding what they need to do to take action on them.
• Understanding the sacrifices, compromises and/or changes that would need to take place.
• Knowing where to start, even what to do.
• Having a well-defined plan to execute against, track progress and more.
The SMART method of setting goals is touted by so many because it ensures people have the specifics, measurements, and detail behind what it is they are actually wanting to plan, execute and achieve – making their efforts focused, clear, energized and SMART.
Instead of just making a wish or a resolution…actually define a goal by following this simple process:
S – get specific and detailed about what it is you want to achieve, i.e. I want to earn more money by getting a promotion, changing jobs, or taking on additional work.
M – define the metrics and measurements you want to achieve and track too, i.e. I want to earn and additional $10,000 a year that I receive from a pay raise, promotion or finding a new job doing X, Y, Z.
A – though many say this is ‘achieve’ or attainable’… I use it to state the actions you need to take to pursue and achieve the above. List them out, i.e. I need to a) document the achievements/accomplishments and performance from this year. b) I need to create a business case for why I deserve a promotion and how I will contribute to it, c) I need to review it with my boss and receive input, etc…
R – you need to decide if your goal is realistic or relevant to where you are currently, i.e. a) does your company give out $10,000 raises normally, b) has your performance justified that amount, c) are you prepared for the promotion you are after?
T – no resolution or goal is a solid one without a timetable of when you want to achieve your goal, i.e. a) by July 1, 2017, I want to have been reviewed and assessed that I have earned my raise or promotion. b) By August 15, I will have secured a new job with the minimum of $10,000 bump in my salary.
Put all of those elements together and you have a SMART goal, for example:
By July 1, 2017, I will have earned a $10,000 raise as a result of my ‘Exceed’ level of performance from last year and the first 6 months out of the year. I will track my accomplishments and note my lessons on a weekly basis, and establish a case for my raise, present it to my boss and HR, and meet all of their expectations on a daily basis.
Goal achievement comes down to this – you have to have a clear plan, put your focus and energy toward that plan, and be consistently persistent in pursuing it. Anything less will cause you to be a statistic of those who fail to achieve their goals.
Don’t be a statistic, at least not that kind.
Image – Zedge