If you are looking to make changes in the new year, or any other time for that matter, one way to set yourself up for success is to set SMART goals. SMART is an acronym for:
Ask yourself a series of questions in each section to help you set your goal. And, even better, find a friend, or even the EAP, to help keep you accountable.
SPECIFIC: What exactly do I want to accomplish? What do I need in order to achieve this? Who else might be involved? Why do I want to do this?
MEASURABLE: How will I know if I succeeded? What are realistic steps for me to take?
ACHIEVABLE: How can I accomplish this goal? Do I have the tools I need to in order to achieve this goal? What do I need to do to make this happen? Be honest with yourself!
RELEVANT: Is this goal worthwhile? Is this the best time? Can I commit to this goal? What are my reasons for wanting to accomplish this goal?
TIMELY: What is a realistic deadline(s) for me? When do I want to start? What is my target date for completion?
Too often our goals or resolutions lack focus or are just too vague. This is how we set ourselves up for not accomplishing these goals which can then lead to negative self-talk and self-judgment. So, this year, whether you want to start an exercise routine, eat healthier, or save more money, think about setting some SMART goals.
If you need some help developing a good SMART goal plan or just want some help with accountability, you can contact us at 21st Century EAP. We are here to help!