With 2019 just finishing up, you typically hear people say "new year, new me". For many people, a new year is a fresh start, a do-over of sorts, that motivates you to try something new or to recommit to those tasks you put on hold. This points to resolutions people wish to make to bring changes in their lives. Areas typically reviewed are eating healthier, paying off debt or traveling more. If you believe in resolutions or not, this time of year typically inspires us all to reflect and find new ways to improve.
When it comes to goal setting, S.M.A.R.T. is a familiar acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-sensitive. Too often, people set goals that are vague and unrealistic. Not only does this lead to frustration, but it also decreases the likelihood of actually achieving the goal. The S.M.A.R.T. method can be applied to a variety of goals, whether professional or personal, giving you the tools you need to succeed in your goal setting endeavors.
While there's nothing wrong with setting goals, the thought process that goes into this saying does a disservice in that it doesn't acknowledge the progress made previously. You don't become a new person overnight. Your story carries over to the new year. Only this time, you're wiser and you're working to bring to life a better version of yourself. Think about building on what you have already started, checking in regularly with your goals and focus on progress!
Whatever your path, remember big successes are made up of small victories! Don’t allow your focus on the outcome to keep you from enjoying the process. Happy New Year!