Before you sit down to write your New Year’s Resolutions – take these steps to help you set them in your mind as a fixed, firm purposes; here’s a quick and easy formula to use:
Specific – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions—who, what, when, where, which & why.
Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track and reach your target dates. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as…How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable – You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps.
Realistic – To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.
Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 5kgs, when do you want to lose it by? T can also stand for Tangible—A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of your sense. When it’s tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.