Here it is a New Year, and this is my third attempted at starting and continuing with my blog. Every year I get re-inspired and every year I fail. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. People set goals each year and every year they fall short, and some just outright fail. So what can I do and what can you do differently this year so we can actually reach our goals?
I want to point out that the reason I fail at my blog every year isn’t because of a lack of desire or passion. I’m sure whatever your goal is you really want to see it through. I’m sure you’re passionate about getting fit, writing that book, working on your relationship, planting that church, or starting your business.
I’m sure it’s not a lack of passion, calling or desire on your part either. I know this will not seem deeply spiritual but hopefully it’s simply practical. It really comes down to something I learned in college in my business classes; my goals have not been S.M.A.R.T!
Smart Goals are:
Specific— Make sure your goal is specific and not vague. For example a vague goal would be I am going to start my blog this year. A specific goal says I am going to start my blog Monday, January 6th, and will post a weekly post each Monday by 10a.m.
Measurable—You have to have some way to measure your progress. For example, with my blog I am posting once a week on Monday. If Tuesday comes and I don’t have a post I missed my deadline. I can easily see every week if I am on track or not.
Attainable—Is your goal attainable? That’s the question here. For example if I said I was going to do a blog everyday this year as a new blogger, for me that would be unattainable. I know some blogging guru’s do it but I’m not there yet. An attainable goal for me is to do start of as weekly blogger.
Relevant– Is there a point or a purpose to what you are doing? My purpose with this blog is to say things that can help and inspire people. It also helps me learn and grow in the area of writing and communication. Some day I want to write a book. I think this is a good start.
Time-Based– Goals will not be reached without a time frame attached to it. How would you be able to measure if you were meeting your goal if you don’t set a date? That’s why every Monday at 10 I will be putting out a blog.
I really hope this blog inspires you to make your goals S.M.A.R.T! I also look forward to celebrating with you as you reach your goals this Year!!