Make Your Resolutions and Goals for the New Year SMART

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I gave up on making resolutions way back when I was a kid, because I realized all those New Years Resolutions the grown ups were making didn't last very long. Heck, sometimes you were lucky to see them last to the end of the first week. Goals seemed to be the way to go for the new year for me and I like to break mine down into quarterly goals so I can adjust throughout the year if needed. Whichever you prefer – resolutions or goals – make sure you make them SMART

Realistic, and
Time bound.

These five points combined should fit each of your goals if you want to see actual results and success. The more specific you can be, the better. You definitely need a way to measure your progress throughout the year. You need to be able to identify and take actionable steps immediately, today. Being realistic makes it a lot easier to reach the goal. This is why resolutions often fail, because people don't set realistic expectations for themselves. And make it time bound, give yourself a deadline, whether that's by the end of the year or by July, or by March 29th… pick a date for each goal.

Write down each goal you have for the year – I like to do one page for business and one page for personal – and make notes as to what you want to achieve and why, when you want to achieve it by and any milestones between now and then, and how you're going to get there and by what standard you'll measure your progress. I'd love to hear some of your goals; please leave a comment below.

Happy New Year!!! Let's make it a success together :)

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About the Author - Loretta Oliver

Loretta Oliver, married to the comic book geek of her dreams and mother of four boys ages 15 to 19, has been working from home full time since 2001, starting out working for others and gradually moving into working for herself. Now she has busy transcription service business, a few niche blogs, a podcast for virtual assistants, and a host of other internet marketing projects on her virtual resume. You’ll find her tidbits of creativity everywhere when you visit Loretta online, from her cross stitch website to her social media profiles, all with a dash of snark and a speckle of humor.


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Rose January 3, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Let’s say your goal is to eat more vegetables, which mine always is. If I can come up with one cool vegetable recipe a month – like my son and I discovered roasted vegetables – by the end of the year you would have 12 new recipes that were healthy, and that would be making a significant change for you. That is kind of using your SMART system.

I think we forget how much we can do in small amounts of time. A ten minute walk, reading a book for fifteen minutes a day, straightening up the car for three minutes, drawing every day for twenty minutes. Most meditation courses that I have taken mention doing it for twenty minutes a day – and it will change your life. Best of luck with you in your goals!


Loretta Oliver January 4, 2014 at 1:01 am

all those little things add to be big things in the end :)


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