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How to Be SMART When Making Your New Year’s Resolution

Have you been wondering how you can be SMART when making your New Year’s resolution? Despite the fact that more New Year’s resolutions are broken each year than any other goal, we still look forward to opening that brand new calendar and imagining the possibilities that lie ahead for the New Year.
 
If you plan on meeting the challenge of making a New Year’s resolution, you may as well ensure that you make SMART choices,

right?

SMART is an acronym for several different stages of the goal setting process. If you’re planning to make a New Year’s resolution, it’s important to become familiar with what each letter stands for so that you can develop achievable resolutions.

The following represents SMART goals, broken down into an easy to understand manner:

1.      Specific. The first step to creating a SMART New Year’s resolution is to be Specific. You can’t just say “I want to lose weight” – that’s a very general statement with no real meaning. Try saying “I want to lose ten pounds.” That’s more specific.

2.      Measurable. The next step is to make sure that the goal is Measurable. When we set goals, it’s important that we’re able to measure levels of our achievement. By measuring, we can keep track of our progress and feel more motivated to move toward our final goal.

3.      Attainable. Set goals that you know you can achieve, or that are Attainable for you. If you set a goal of losing one hundred pounds, for example, this is not attainable for a short-term goal, and you’ll soon lose confidence. However, one pound a week is certainly an attainable goal.

4.      Realistic. The next aspect to the SMART New Year’s resolution system is that your goal must also be Realistic. For example, setting a goal to win the Lottery is not particularly realistic. It’s possible, but not probable. Also, it’s not something you have any control over.

  • For maximum success and continued motivation, choose goals that are something you can realistically expect to accomplish, even if you need to divide the final goal into smaller attainable steps.

5.      Timely. The last aspect of the SMART system is Timely. When setting a New Year’s resolution, you’re much more likely to succeed if there’s a time frame associated with the resolution. You may give yourself a month, six months, or the whole year – the choice is yours. The most important thing is that you take the time to set an end date.

Once you set a final deadline, work backwards and determine the deadlines of your smaller goals. Apply the Kaizen Wealth Principle. Pacing yourself throughout the year is more beneficial and less stressful than saving all the work for the last month before your final deadline.

Making New Year’s resolutions is very easy but those resolutions made without a clear plan in mind are prone to failure. It takes a little work to ensure that the resolutions you set are SMART.

However, the SMART method can also ensure your success with an achievable plan! And that makes all the difference.

Whatever your specific goal is, write it down and post it where you will be reminded everyday.

Make a chart or keep a journal to track your successes and achievements. Seeing a visual guide will help motivate you, especially during tough days.

If you have a very large goal, such as getting out of debt or losing a large amount of weight, break that large goal into much smaller goals or steps. Achieving a small goal every week will keep you determined to work harder and smarter.

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avatar justino
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The one goal that i'm going to achieve for this year is to sell more smoked snoek than i've ever done by suppling the whole of South Africa and let everbody that enjoys smoked snoek have a piece available to them whenever they want,too many people have now said to me that i need to get this product out onto the market,it's a tradition my Dad has taught me and we've been doing this for well over Fifty Years.So i think to myself how many people can say that they have been producing the same product for this amount of time and still have the same quality.How many products have had a write up in the "NEW YORKER" for crying out loud yes Quote:"Palace Fisheries is more famous in New York than in Cape Town".Just google Smoked Snoek and read there write up.I do realise now though that i think i've just been scared to fail,but i'm going to put my plan together,and that way reach my goal i set in the Kaizen Challenge.

Thanks Dr Hannnes for giving me the courage.
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avatar Luthando Mzimba
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Hi Justino, great idea you have and i wish you all the best. I just wanted to ask you to kindly use the "SMART" idea when putting your plan down, it really does work. They say a wise man learns from other people's mistakes and an intellegent one learns from his, i rather be wise.

Lastly, i really want to thank Dr Hannes Dreyer for all the life's lessons that he shares with us - the confoculated - hope i have spealt it correctly, seeing it is a word that doesn't exist in the english vocabulary.
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avatar justino
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Hi Luthando,

Thanks for those kind words.Not to aware of the "SMART" idea,but am will to read about it.I have to try and use the formulae for riches,and put in a lot of "TEM$"
All the best for 2009 and beyond.

Justino
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avatar justino
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well i just had to look in my 2009 diary to see that the very first page i had written the meaning of "SMART",so thanks for making me aware.
Justino
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avatar Mpho Mokobi
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The SMART system is like a personal contract with yourself. I made a contract with myself on 09 January 2009. I read it on a daily basis to remind myself of the commitment that I have made. The final deadline for my goal is 31 December 2009. There are several check points along the way. My goal for this year was not something I had to think about, it just came to me. I intend to reveal it to everyone on 09 January 2010, together with the success report. I know that I will achieve it because I AM THE VISION, GOD IS THE POWER, AND WE ARE A POWERFUL TEAM. By the way I got the affirmation from Dr. John F. Demartini's book called You can have an amazing life in just 60 days. Thank you Doc for letting me and others tap into your fountain of wisdom over the years.
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avatar George Strydom
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Thank you Hannes for putting us on the right path. How many times have I made New Year resolutions with no real results at the end of the year.
With the SMART system I will definitly achieve what I have set out to achieve in 2009.
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avatar Anria
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Ek het met hierdie artikel weer baie hoop gekry. dit het my weer moed gegee om probleme aan te pak en hulle met klein en realistiese tree aan te pak en op te los. Ek kan dit selfs in my studies toepas en so my punte ook verbeter.
Ek het hierdie jaar nuwejaars-voorn emes gemaak om beter te doen in my studies en dit het net daar gebly. In sekere opsigte het ek vordering gemaak. met die toepassing van die raad wat ek hier gekry het, het ek hoop om dit te bereik
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avatar Trudi
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I think the smartest thing I can do right now is sleep on the matter and pick one goal in the morning. That way I can set sail on a path and add other goals as and when their time have truly come, instead of trying to run with all pokers in the fire at once.

This is my first S.M.A.R.T goal.
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