STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS – S.M.A.R.T. GOALS
January is a time for new beginnings and many people begin this month with the dreaded New Years Resolution, and I say “dreaded” because only about 8% of people actually keep their resolutions. In fact, I am willing to bet that many people have already abandoned their resolutions by the time this show airs, which will be only about halfway through the month.
What is a resolution? A resolution is a firm decision to take action in solving a problem or to create a successful outcome in some way, shape, or form in their lives.
About 45% of the American population makes resolutions which means they have identified something they would like to change in themselves, and as I mentioned above, only about 8% are successful in making that change.
Change is difficult and often we abandon our “NYRs” for one or more of the following reasons: our heart is just not in it, our goal was too vague, maybe it was too lofty, or maybe we gave ourselves too much or not enough time to achieve it.
This is why George T. Doran developed a goal setting system that helps you create goals that are tailored for success. You may have heard of this strategy before, but this is a reminder. Next time you set a goal for yourself whether its losing weight, helping others, improving your drives, or putting – use the acronym S.M.A.R.T.
S.M.A.R.T. stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-related. Tailor your goals to meet these criteria and your likelihood for success skyrockets.
Lets use putting for example. The common way we might decide on a goal is to say: “This year i’d like to get better at putting.” Well, that’s not a S.M.A.R.T. goal. It’s too vague, not measurable, not time sensitive etc.
Using the S.M.A.R.T. acronym we can rephrase this goal:
I will (I like using active language like this) make 90% of my 25 foot putts (this is likely attainable) within 6 months. Now lets add an action to this goal – by practicing 3 times a week using XYZ putting technique.
Now write it down and place it where you can see it. Just another tool for success to throw in your bag.
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