Posted: December 27, 2011
By: Clay Cerny

My friend Maggie Finnegan, who is with Keller Williams Real Estate, sent me a great handout about setting and achieving goals in the new year.  Here are some key points from the handout:

 1. Set goals that are SMART: 

S: Specific & written

M: Measurable in progress and completion

A: Achievable outcome

R: Realistic in time & skill

T: Time-based achievement

This approach challenges us to be responsible to ourselves.  We are asked to keep score and work with deadline.  At the same time, we need to be realistic about our goals, or we will become frustrated and stop pursuing our goals.  The SMART approach asks us to accountable and practical.

2. Visualize your success

See your goal and how things will change once you’ve achieved it.  See yourself taking the actions and steps that need to be taken to accomplish goal.  Finally, see yourself after the goal is attained. 

 3. Get a partner

Find a partner who will keep you focused and accountable.  Be sure you find someone who will keep you moving forward, not a coach who is too critical or too lax. 

4. Go step by step

Break your goal down to a series.  Then take each step as a separate challenge.  For example, losing 30 pounds could be a three step challenge of losing ten pound.  Celebrate each stage.  Following this method will make something that looks too big seem smaller.

Whatever method you choose, find a way to set and achieve goals.