Almost 6 weeks ago, I set out to make a simple change in my life: Stop Drinking Coffee. By making 1 change at a time, a simple manageable change, we avoid the Circular Procrasatination Cycle.
Is there a Goal you’ve been putting off for a while now? Best to start working on it before things grind to a halt over the end of December.
Here are some Tips for Effective Goal Setting:
1. Specific: Quitting drinking coffee is something exact and tanglible. There are no loopholes in this goal.
2. Measureable: It has to be something you can quantify. Vague Goals remain unrealized years later.
3. Attainable: This has to be something that happen. Can I reasonably stop drinking coffee within a brief period of time? Yes. Will I become a Space Astronaut without a background in Physics and with a queasy stomach? Not likely.
4. Realistic: Is this a Goal that you will work for? There is little point in achieving Goals merely for others benefit. It must be something that drives you and that you know you will put your heart and soul in to make sure it is achieved.
5. Timely: Many clients set goals of losing 10lbs in 1 month. Is it possible? Sure. Will those 10lbs still be gone in another month’s time? Not likely. It is essential that your specific goal can not only be achieved within the time-frame you’ve set out, but that the results will remain with you many years later.
Setting a Goal just to reach it and then slide back into old ways will create a sense of frustration and resentment that will lead to procrastination. Many Goals will remain unachieved.
Find that which you desire to achieve, set forth SMART Goals and work towards it as if your life depended upon it.