Yes, I know... we're nearly a month into 2023, but I still feel it's important to say, HAPPY NEW YEAR, again. HAHA! There. Now that that's done, let's jump into some Goal Setting, shall we?
You're probably thinking, "Really Jess? I don't know anything about Goal Setting." Or maybe you do and have no desire to talk about it. Well, I'm going to show you how I set my goals, in hopes that you will not only set yours but you will ACHIEVE them.
Sound good? GREAT!
I want to make one distinction before jumping in. I'm talking about GOAL SETTING, NOT New Year's resolutions. Let's be honest, who really keeps their New Year's Resolution after making it? Most of the time it's forgotten in a month or two. Maybe even quicker, right!?
Are New Year's Resolutions dead?
I know, I know – it seems like the jury is still out on whether they are relevant or not, but here’s the thing…
Even though resolutions may not be as cool as they used to be, they're not dead in the water just yet. I think most people don't stick to them because they're looking at them wrong. If made, and made correctly as a goal, they can help you see and push toward a better year, whether you set them now, at the beginning, or anytime time of the year.
However, the key to a solid goal (ahem, resolution) is taking some time to write it down.
In this episode, I’m going to show you how and why it's important to write them down.
So, let's dive in.
So now that we are in a New Year, I hear you saying...
"How do I go about setting a goal, Jess? I don't know where to start!"
Don't worry. I've got you covered.
The New Year has just begun, and I anticipate that more and more of you will reach your goal this year by using my simple worksheet below.
With every episode, I will equip you with a POWERFUL free resource that goes with the episode which you can implement right away to create results in your life journey.
My first freebie for you is a great one to get you started this year, my ‘SMART Goal Setting Worksheet.'
Once you go through this worksheet you’ll not only know what your goal is, but how to achieve it.
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My Goal Setting Strategy – The SMART Formula!
The formula is SMART – yup an acronym. You know we use a TON of them in our house.
When it comes to goals or anything for that matter, I find it easier when I have little formulas and road maps to follow.
I use this SMART Goal setting strategy with every goal I set. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. This helps my brand, my audience, my family, and delivers the results I intend it to.
Here's how it works.
The SMART Goal Setting Formula – Specific
This is a reminder to be Specific with your goal.
For example, I want to pay off debt.
That's a good start, but it is vague. To help you drill down and make it specific, you'll ask three "W" questions.
A specific goal would be:
I want to pay off debt (WHAT) by the end of this year (WHEN) so I can buy a house (WHY).
The SMART Goal Setting Formula – Measurable
This is a reminder to make your goal Measurable.
For example, you have a $10,000 credit card bill that you want to pay off.
Now that a number is attached to your goal, it is measurable. It's far easier to chip away at when you know what number your working on.
The SMART Goal Setting Formula – Achievable
This is a reminder to make your goal Achievable.
Nearly every goal you come up with can be achieved with consistent hard work and dedication. So, how will you achieve it?
For example, again, if you have a goal of paying off $10,000 in credit card debt within a year, but you are not willing to cut back on spending or finding ways to make additional income, it is probably not going to happen on your timeline, which isn’t realistic, right?
The SMART Goal Setting Formula – Relevant
This is a reminder to make your goal Relevant.
Think about your goal and how it plays a role in the bigger picture. Is it something that might change easily? Is it trivial? Will it impact more than you? Does it align with your values and passions? How will it effect the people around you?
Back to the example we've been working with.
If your goal is to pay off $10,000 in credit card debt within a year, so you can buy a house, your goal would be very relevant to your family. Your kids would see you working hard for a larger purpose, buying a home they could call their own. They would also see how important it is to not get into debt in the first place. This could be a very good learning opportunity for them. Learning from your mistakes.
The SMART Goal Setting Formula – Time-Bound
Our final reminder - make your goal Time-bound.
A goal without a timeline is just a dream. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases, which will reduce procrastination, and will get you to your goal that much faster.
If you are trying to pay off $10,000 in credit card by the end of the year, why not give it a more specific deadline by saying, "I will pay off $10,000 in debt by Thanksgiving." By doing this you can drill down deeper into how many days there are until that date.
Are you ready to put the SMART Goal Setting Formula to work? Do you make New Year's resolutions? If so, have you stuck to it for 2023 so far? I'd love to hear what your goal or New Year's resolution is for 2023.
I hope this episode has added value to your day and New Year.
Hopefully, this goal setting strategy helps you reach your goals in 2023 and beyond.
Remember, you don't want to just dream, you want to achieve your goals, right? I hope that you use this formula the next time you set a goal.
Did you find value from this goal setting strategy training?
I hope you did because I put my heart into making sure you get good training on the best practices to implement in everyday life to get more out of each day.
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