Most of us take this time of the year to look back at what was and what will be ahead. Maybe some of you even take some time to realise that there is some change needed in your life. This definitely happened to me over the past few days. The funny thing is that I realise again and again and year after year around mid January (the latest) all my great plans and resolutions are down the drain and I continue the easy way of life that I am used to, because change is difficult and takes some effort.
Therefore, it is time to try something new. I remember a time at university when we talked about goal setting and breaking down these goals into smaller objectives that will get you where you want to go as part of a marketing strategy. Now transforming this from Marketing to New Years resolutions, the resolution or desired outcome is the goal. In order to achieve this goal we can break it down in to smaller objectives and these objectives should be set as SMART objectives. But for some reason I was still not quiet happy about this framework and I started to browse the net for some inspiration and I found a very nice article about making these objectives SMARTER. And here is what it stands for:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Time-bound
E – Extending
R – Rewarding
I really like the extension of ER and seems like these were the things that were missing last year in order to make them work. Although, I never had a problem finding stretching objectives, I never did put a reward on them when small things have been achieved. Give it a try! I definitely will.
Another things that I will try this year is that I will write down my goals and objectives. This should help me to manifest them in my mind and hopefully I am more likely to stick to them.
I hope that you can get some inspiration from this post. I wish you all a great start into the New Year and I hope you will celebrate in style. Please feel free to let me know you thoughts.
Inspired by an email I received today from business partners in Hungary, I would like to share with you some thoughts about the upcoming festive season. It is always the time when we start to relax and maybe reflect on the past year while sitting not in front of the TV, but in a candle lid room and these fantastic Christmas smells. And I don’t know about you – but after having reflected on the past year, there comes the time to look ahead into the new year, the future, of what might be and want we want to achieve or make different.
Personally, I am happy to say that 2011 was a great year with many interesting people that I met and lot’s of new things that I learned. I am very thankful that I have an amazing family and the best girlfriend I can imagine to support me in all my endeavours – if sometimes stupid or not! I know that we will have many, many happy years ahead and will life a fulfilled life. One of the most exciting things that I will take with me from this year was that my dreams or goals are more precise and I have a better idea what I want to do, what person I would like to be and how my life shall look like in future, which according to many people are the foundation to a happy life. A small step on a long journey, but life will always be a journey and that makes it fun!
However, I did not achieve all the goals that I did set out to achieve this year, but I honestly believe that this will change in 2012 for the better. I do believe that a year when the Olympics will come to London there will be a lot of exciting things happening and I will be able to play a part in it and will take the necessary steps towards my life goals.
I wish that all of you will have a great festive season as well. I do hope that you will take some time to reflect on the past year and to say thank you to one’s you love. But also look forward to an even better year 2012 with so many things to learn, explore and experience.
And I would like to end this post with a saying that really made me think this year a lot: “In the end everything will be fine. But if it not fine that it is not the end yet.”