Why You Should Be Making SMART New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Michael Lindberg on Jan 8, 2018 8:50:04 AM

SMART New Year's resolutions

SMART New Year's Resolutions

Let’s face it: it’s that time of the year – the time for new year resolutions. Of course these are a private matter, but I’m certain you also have some resolutions for your job and/or company. Unfortunately, most resolutions, private as well as corporate, fail. But why is it like that? Well, bright people have found out that many resolutions fail because they are too vague like losing weight or being promoted or growing the business.


One way to counter this is by making your resolutions SMART. That’s an acronym coined back in 1981 in the journal “Management Review” and it stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound:

  • Specific: Your resolution must be totally clear as it’s very important to have a concrete goal.
  • Measurable: It may be an old cliché, but it’s true nevertheless: “What gets measured gets done.”
  • Achievable: Sure you can have stretch goals, but trying to take too big a step too fast may leave you frustrated.
  • Relevant: The goal must matter to you - and for the right reasons. Otherwise, most likely it doesn’t last long.
  • Time-bound: You need a deadline, but you should also give yourself enough time to focus on small wins so you can make gradual progress.

Make it positive:

While your plan must be SMART it should also allow for the inevitable hurdles that are going to crop up. Don’t forget that when you are there for the long haul there will most likely be slip ups. When that happens it’s important to focus on what you are doing good rather than the mistake you made. For you need to remember Sarah Ban Breathnach’s words:


'The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.'


And as you know: It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes!


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