If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk,
if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do,
you have to keep moving forward.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Yet another year is upon us folks!! I wish you all goodness, love and joy for you and your families in this year. It is always during this time of year that we step back and evaluate our progress – where did we come from, where are we going, and how far along our path have we gone? Is this still the right path for me or my family? How can I do better?
As you ponder, I want to offer you some tips on how make create goals that are encouraging and real for you. I call them SMART goals. These are goals that have small, measurable and attainable steps that will motivate you to keep going and keep working for the betterment of you and your family!!
S - Specific
Create goals that are specific. Away with the lofty days of old, with grand, but vague “I want to make an impact on my world” statements. HOW? In what ways are you specifically gifted? Think of your niche in the world and what cause is most important to you. Create a specific goal that is tailored to your personality and gifts, as well as impacts the parts of the world that are most important to you.
M - Measurable
Now you have a dream! Congrats! Now create a list all of the steps needed before you can attain your dream. Again be super specific here, so that you have clear tasks to complete. There is no feeling in the world like the accomplished pride you feel when you cross off the small, measurable tasks on your to-do list!
A - Achievable
While you are creating that list of steps, break down each step into small, achievable tasks. For example, if you want to start a new career, what steps are needed to get there? Maybe some education? Then the next step might look like graduate school. The new goal becomes graduate school by next fall. So then you need to create my list of tasks to do before you can begin graduate school, such as research local school programs, find application deadlines, and ask for letters of recommendation.
R - Realistic
The idea here is to work from my big dreams down to creating achievable, realistic small tasks for me to be able to reach that dream. When you create realistic small goals and tasks, you can see the pathway to your long-term dreams. This practice makes it a real and exciting journey, rather than a daunting or unattainable pipe dream.
T - Time-limited
Now go grab your calendar! Move those small measurable, attainable tasks onto your timeline so that these short term tasks will add up to your completed dreams!
Best wishes for your new year!
Hi! I'm Dr. Linda Abdelsayed. These are just some articles I've created on various life topics. Hope you find them helpful! Check me out on the About and Contact tabs above!