Happy New Year!
Most of us plan for our new year to be greater than the previous one. We set goals and make resolutions. The New Year is going to be our best year yet! Right?! We know what to do and how to do it, but every year we need reminders so here goes…
One issue with setting goals is they can be too generic. There is a goal in mind with an end result, but no strategic plan to in place to complete the goal. Set SMART goals.
Generic Goal: Get a new job.
SMART Goal: Attain a management position with an Accounting firm within the next six months.
Be specific when setting your goals. If you do not put a time frame on it, it is basically a wish. I am sure you have heard before that goals are dreams with a deadline. This rule still applies in 2017.
Once a SMART goal is set, develop an action plan to achieve the goal. Every goal written should have a list of tasks with it. If one of the tasks can be delegated to quickly expedite the process, find a reliable person to delegate the task to.
Setting goals are easy. Accomplishing goals, not as much. I mean, nothing worth having comes easy, right?! It is helpful to have an accountability partner. If the only person who knows about your goals and deadlines is you, it leaves too much room for procrastination. Designate an accountability partner. When you choose your accountability partner, make sure it is someone who respects your goals and truly wants to see you succeed. If you have an accountability partner, you are more inclined to complete your goals in record time. An accountability partner can also help you network and provide feedback or advice as needed.
Switch it Up
If you find yourself at a road block, DO NOT get discouraged and quit. This does not necessarily mean your goal is unattainable. Your methods of completing the goal could be the wrong methods. Change your route, not your destination. There are usually various ways to accomplish a task.
Make sure to set some specific goals this year. A good way to stay motivated is creating a Vision Board. There are various businesses and organizations hosting Vision Board events this time of year. You can register for one or host your own. It is always good to get out and network. You could even meet your accountability partner at an event! I will be hosting a Vision Board event on January 13th in Chattanooga, TN. Click the link below for more information. Whatever you decide, be sure to write down your goals, make them specific, and designate an accountability partner.