Happy New Year! Hopefully you have all had a nice holiday with some relaxation and fun with family and friends. Around the time when we usher in a new year, we tend to reflect on the past year and what we would like to accomplish this new year. This is a good time to sit down and set some goals for ourselves and/or our family. These goals can be personal, financial, educational, fitness/health related, or professional, among others.
Goal setting should start with an evaluation or a vision for your life and what you would like to do and accomplish. Research has shown that you are much more likely to accomplish your goals if you write them down. Always write your goals in the positive and be detailed about what you want to accomplish and how. In order to make your goals clear and attainable, they should be “SMART” (term attributed to Peter Drucker’s “Management by Objectives” concept):
- S – Specific (what, why, who, where)
- M – Measurable
- A – Achievable/Attainable
- R – Relevant
- T – Time Based (when, 1 month, 6 months, 1 year)
Using the SMART tool will help you develop a plan and the motivation to achieve your goals. It is also helpful to share your goal(s) with people who you know will help you and keep you accountable. Once your goals are set, you should review them on a regular basis in order to stay on track or modify if needed.
CEEK Wellness Challenge of the Month
We challenge you this month to set some “SMART” goals for mental, physical and spiritual wellness for 2017. Write them down, keep track of them throughout the year and…CEEK a Better Way!
“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going” Earl Nightingale