Happy New Year, everyone! With 2017 in full swing, most people have set goals for themselves – both personally and professionally. If you haven’t set your goals yet, no worries, there is always time. Here’s the glitch, though: Did you know that 72 percent of resolutions are broken by February 1? That’s only one month in! Sometimes, we all get grand ideas in our heads and commit to doing things that are way out of reach. If you want to set goals that are achievable to improve yourself in 2017, here are three simple tips to set yourself up for success.
1. Set a goal that is attainable. The main reason New Year’s resolutions sometimes go by the wayside is because many people set goals that are overambitious. If your goal is to eat healthier and currently you are the type of person who eats fast food everyday, you need to create a realistic goal that you will stick to. To say that you will only eat fruits and vegetables is setting yourself up for failure. The best way to go about achieving said goal is to start small by cutting out half of the fast food meals and replacing them with healthier options rather than cutting them all out and then going back to that bad habit a month later. It is a great thing to be ambitious, but it is far more important to be realistic so you can obtain your goal. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are goals.
2. Set a goal that is measurable. It is important to set a goal that you are able to track. To truly be successful and achieve your goal you need to set parameters. If you are able to see progress through measured metrics, you will be more successful at keeping and achieving your goal. Imagine recognizing the $15 and 3,000 calories you’ve saved by eating out two less times a week. Over time, these things add up. And metrics are the proof!
3. Set a goal that is ongoing. The biggest mistake that people make when setting goals is setting a goal that is stagnate. Back to our example, if you set a goal to lose 20 pounds – while that is an amazing feat – what do you do when you have achieved your goal? Do you stop eating healthy and exercising? Set incremental goals that hit targeted time periods. Not only are they measurable (which we pointed out was important above), but these goals can be ongoing.
If you are left trying to pinpoint a few goals for the new year, here are a few of our favorites at Rider Dickerson:
- Become a better listener or listen before responding.
- Be more organized.
- Be early or on time to meetings.
- Create a healthier lifestyle; eating healthy, making time for exercise.
- Read more.
- Create meaningful relationships.
- Have meaningful conversations; don’t be buried in technology.
- Do something that is out of your comfort zone (that’s when we grow).
These are just a few examples of goals. Now let’s get crackin’!
By Megan Kucala
Business Development, Rider Dickerson