New Year, New Me - The S.M.A.R.T Way!

It doesn’t seem like too long ago we were toasting with bubblies in our living room and promising ourselves that 2021 will indeed be our year!


Yet with the champagne fizzles far behind us and our cocktail dresses hung back in our closets, those grand goals are pretty intimidating and may be causing us to panic. The lingering question of "Can we achieve our grandest vision?" keeps sliding up in our thoughts, just like those unwanted DM’s.

I’ll be transparent with you, the goals I’ve set for this year have been some of the scariest of my life, the envelope has really been pushed and there will be no settling in 2021.

Since I'm sure you set pretty impressive goals this year too, and we are part of the same community - that practically makes us virtual besties, right? So I’ll share the number one tool with you that has allowed me to break down my goals and achieve them.


I use the S.M.A.R.T. way! You can read more about it here: Corporate Finance Institute.


S.M.A.R.T. is a goal-setting system that provides clarification, direction, and motivation when tracking big goals. It allows us to break our goals down into bite-size pieces to focus on the task at hand as opposed to the overwhelming end goal. This tool was introduced to me by one of my mentors, and I like to call it the blueprint to success.


S.M.A.R.T. goals are:


Specific: Be very intentional - define your goals with as much detail as possible

Measurable: Define your goals KPI (Key Performance Indicators) - what is success?

Achievable: Make sure these goals are possible in your desired timeframe

Realistic: Within reach and relevant to your life purpose

Timely: Include a start date and target date; doing so will prompt urgency.


Example:


Specific: I want to write more frequently to improve my writing

Measurable: I am going to write four blog posts per month

Achievable: I can make it work and will add calendar reminders for each release

Realistic: If I stick to a 500/word post, I can accomplish four a month, 1/week

Timely: I will start at the beginning of each month and release a p