How To Write Goals That Actually Last

imgresDo you ever feel like you’re being pressured into writing amazing, over-the-tops New Years resolutions by articles and the blogosphere? I do! If you do too, have no fear, this post is different.

I found an awesome article by CD baby founder, Derek Sivers that I wanted to share just with you. It is a must read and inspired this post, so please don’t leave here without clicking on that link. He knows what he’s talking about much more than I do.

I’ll admit it, I’m a goal person. I’m that person with the sticky notes and vision posters all over their door, walls and bathroom mirror. It can be obnoxious at times to say the least, but it’s how I operate. Over the many years that I’ve been doing this, I’ve seen some goals sprout into fruition and some…not so much. Well, I wanted to figure out why some do really well and why some peter out.

I don’t know about you, but when I first go to write down a goal it’s a very sexy experience for me. For example 1 of the 10 goals that I have tacked to my door right now is “sell 10,000 CDs in a year”. That’s a pretty biggie sized goal and it gets me going…for about 5 days. Then the let down happens. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with me wanting to sell 10, 000 CDs, what I am saying though, is that because I write such sexy, attractive and good-looking goals, I tend to get intimidated by them. Sometimes I even discover that they’re not I really what I wanted, in the end.

Rule # 1: Have The Courage To Admit That You Don’t Like Your Goals

It’s OK if you realize that you don’t like one of your goals or many of your goals. You are not a failure for writing goals that flop. Just be honest with yourself, go back to the drawing board and re-write your goals. It should be something that really speaks to you and that you are willing to work every day for. You are a changing, fluctuating beautiful mess of a human being, so your goals must  also do the same thing; change, fluctuate and be messy sometimes.

Rule # 2: Write Smart Goals That Pertain To You

These are your goals, no need to perform for anyone. Take the time to really sit down and see how achieving this goal would play out day by day, hour by hour and minute by minute in your life. In an interview I just did with Ann Rea she says to “have a smart goal that you are working towards and a plan that’s committed to writing. A smart goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound. That’s a smart goal”. What does a smart goal look like to you?

Rule # 3 Go For The Long Term. Don’t Worry About Being Sexy

Goals truly become sexy when they are loved over a period of time. They become ravishingly beautiful when they are attained and achieved. They are like the velveteen rabbit. The more time you devote everyday to spending face time and snuggling up with your goals, the more real they become. My intention this year is to make my goals a reality, one day at a time.

So…there you have it, goal making 101. Not really, but it’s a start. Please let me know how your goal making is going and if this post helped. Leave a comment below or reach out to me on twitter @stephanieault. Happy 2014 everyone! Best of luck in the New Year!

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