By Savannah H. – Off The Grid News
New Year’s resolutions are a funny thing. More than half of the American population make them yet only 8 percent of those people will actually achieve their resolution. Think about past resolutions you may have made. Did you actually achieve your goal? Chances are you probably didn’t.
There are many reasons why people fail on achieving their New Year’s resolutions, but it all boils down to one thing: They didn’t set themselves up for success in their goal-setting tactic. Successful goal-setting isn’t as simple as declaring a goal and leaving it at that.
Think again about your homestead. Was there some goal you had last year (even if it wasn’t a New Year’s resolution) that never came to be? Maybe it was something as simple as extending your garden or more time-intensive like building a new chicken coop. Looking back, it’s likely you had plenty of time and resources to complete the goal but it just never happened for one reason or another. You can prevent this from happening in 2015 by formatting your goals the S.M.A.R.T way.
The S.M.A.R.T method is one of the most fool-proof and effective ways of setting up achievable goals. The acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Once you have a general idea of what goal you ultimately want to achieve, you will reformat it by following each section.
S – Specific: Most goals lack specificity. To make a goal as specific as possible you will need to figure out:
- Who is involved
- What the goal will accomplish
- Where it needs to be done
- When it needs to be completed
- What is the purpose of the goal
Don’t worry if all of these don’t apply to your particular goal. You just want to figure out why the goal is important (what purpose it serves) and get the goal as specific as possible for the following sections.