So what are your New Years resolutions for the new year? Never mind resolutions. Why do you think people don’t keep resolutions? Probably because they’re worded wrong. They really should be SMART Goals.
Let’s break down what a SMART Goal is…
- It’s SPECIFIC. Just saying, “I’m going to eat healthy from now on” or “I’m going to exercise more” or “I want to make more money” is not specific enough. These 3 phrase need to be stated like, “I want to lose 20 lbs.” or “I want to make $40,000 this year.” Then you state your WHY. Why do you want to lose weight? And not because the doctor told you! “I want to live longer.” “I want to feel less pain.” “I want to dance at my daughter’s wedding.” Or maybe, “I want to own my own _________ business/truck/house, whatever, and I need $______ to do it.”
- It’s MEASURABLE. “I need to lose 20 lbs.” When you’ve lost 20 lbs., you’ve reached your goal. When it comes to money, how much do you want to make next year? Take that figure and divide by 12 months. That will give you a monthly goal to shoot for. You may want to adjust it a bit to be less in the first months and increase incrementally.
- Make sure it’s ACHIEVABLE. Use action verbs. “I’m going to quit smoking.” “I’m going to run 2 miles when I stop for a break at least 3 times a week.” To meet the income goals, figure out how many loads you’ll need to do each month to earn the amount you need to achieve the annual goal. You should stretch yourself but be realistic and use common sense.
- Make it RELEVANT. It has to be meaningful to you and your life, career, and/or business. Like, “I’m going to quit smoking in one month so I will be healthy for my daughter’s wedding.”
- It must be TIME-BOUND. Set deadlines, dates, how often. At that time, if you haven’t reached your goal, it’s OK to adjust the plan, but again, be realistic.
In some SMART Goal articles and books, the “A” could also be “Attainable” or “Actionable” and the “R” can be “Realistic”.
Nonetheless, setting SMART Goals is the wise thing to do for the New Year.
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Happy New Year from all of us at Phoenix Truck Driving Institute! Let’s make it a GREAT ONE!