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New year. New Goals. Restart!

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It is the week between Christmas and January 1st. We are gearing up for the start of a brand new year. New year. New goals. Restart! What do you want to accomplish? I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I feel the term has been overused and the actions have been undervalued and oftentimes not fully executed. How can you do things differently in 2023? How do you set meaningful goals for yourself? We all want to accomplish something. What is the best way to reach success?

Setting goals has been used in business for decades. How can you use goals for yourself and your life? It is really quite simple, you just do it. In business we talk about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. You may be familiar with the concept of S.M.A.R.T. goals. 
  • S – Specific
  • M – Measurable
  • A – Attainable
  • R – Relevant
  • T – Timely

I like to change it up a little bit. I say let’s choose to R.E.S.T.A.R.T. New year, new goals. New start, a restart.

  • R – Relevant – Your goals must mean something to you. The goal must be impactful to you, your life or your business. 
  • E – Engage – You must be engaged in your goal. Why set a goal that does not bring you some sort of value?
  • S – Specific –  Set very specific, defined goals. If your goal is not specific, your work towards it will not be specific. Put as much detail as possible around your goal. For example, if you want to read more, set a goal of reading one book per month. 
  • T – Timely – Create a time frame for your goal. One book per month. Assign dates and milestones to measure your progress.
  • A – Attach – Attach each of your milestone achievements to your overall goal performance. 
  • R – Record – Record your progress. Document, record, measure. Tracking and recording your goal(s) will bring visibility and help you hold yourself accountable. 
  • T- Transparent – Be open and honest with yourself and others about your goals. What is the big secret?

Learn to build your day around achieving your goals. No goal, regardless of how clearly it is defined, is possible without accountability. That said, you must hold yourself accountable everyday. If you mess up one day, so what…you messed up. Get back on track the next day. 

New year. New goals. Restart!

Good luck!

Happy New Year to you all!

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