New Year, New Goals? Or Status Quo?

New Year, New Goals? Or Status Quo?

The origins of new year’s resolutions trace back as far as the Babylonians some 4,000 years ago. Granted they celebrated in mid-March. It was until the reign of Julius Caesar that the calendar was changed to start the new year on January 1st. Putting our quick trivia facts aside, we will soon be inundated with these resolutions. Gym memberships will increase or start being used again. Maybe there will be a decline in sales at the liquor store and many, many more.  But in most cases the resolutions quickly fall by the wayside.

Why is that?

It is because resolutions are generally stated and managed as a dream. They are not stated and managed like a goal. Goals need to be smart…

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely

To get a better picture let’s look at an example.

Goal:  I want to build a bigger customer base

Stated like that, this falls into the dream category. You might as well wish for the moon. Could you be successful? Absolutely. However I would say the goal itself would not be the contributing factor. 

Now let’s make the goal SMART.

SMART Goal: 

To grow our monthly subscriber base by 20% in the next fiscal year.

If we break down:

Specific:

Increasing monthly subscribers

Measurable:

20% growth over the current base

Attainable:

That would be for each person/group/company to determine based off their numbers.

Realistic: 

Much like attainable, make sure you set yourself up to succeed.

Timely: 

Giving 1 year to grow the monthly subscribers  

Now that the goal is created, the next step is to create the stages to achieve that goal. I once took a course through Landmark and they have participants think where they want to be in 50 years. Then take one step backward to the last thing that would have to be done prior to reaching the pinnacle. And then take one more step back and then another until you were at what do you need to do at that moment.

I have found success in having the overall Goal and then breaking it down into quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily goals. The daily goals drive the weekly, weekly drive the monthly, monthly to quarterly and finally quarterly driving the overall goal. I live in my daily goals and then review them weekly.  It is the same way you eat an elephant, one bite at a time.

The best part of spending your time in the daily goals is that if a few days go sideways or are not successful you can still recover. Each week you have view of what worked and what did not and then make the subsequent changes. 

What are you planning for new year’s resolutions? Are you creating them? Is your boss? Let’s talk about how we can help you toward achieving those goals.

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