Each year I debate with myself whether to set New Years Resolutions. When I started to think a bit more about it I realised that I can't even remember what my resolutions were for last year, or if I set any at all.
But do they work? Just because we set goals at New Years, doesn't mean they're any more or less important than goals we set at other times of the year. Sometimes forcing ourselves to set a goal in the name of New Years is just a waste of time because we don't put enough thought, and subsequent effort into it.
Goals are a great way to strive towards improvement, wherever you think it may be needed in your life. To make steps towards them you have to put some thought into what exactly they are.
This year I decided to set two goals for 2015 and be SMART about it, then I can see if they are being achieved.
For me, setting a SMART goal means that I define the goal with the following rules in mind:
S - Specific
Be specific about what you want to achieve and make it clear what area of your life the goal is about.
M - Measured
Have a way to track your progress by setting milestones, and make sure you track this progress.
A - Achievable
Be realistic about what is possible to achieve with the set time frame and with the resources you have available.
R - Relevant
If a goal isn't relevant to you, or your current situation then why bother, because there's no real hope to achieve it.
T - Timely
Have solid a solid timeframe with which your milestones will be tracked, in order to meet your end goal.
With all this in mind, where do you stand in regards to setting New Years Resolutions, or any goals for that matter?
Good luck on reaching all your goals that you are currently working on. Remember that if you find they're not working then the wise thing to do is to think about why - were they unachievable in the first place, or are you just being lazy?