Next week, it’ll be the new year. And, as with most people, the new year is ushered in with good intentions and new resolutions. I’m no different. But what I’ve learned in this whole goal-setting business is that I’ve got to make resolutions that are achievable and sensible. Sometimes one has to be rational about things and rationality comes with age (I hope!). I’ve learned that one has to be pragmatic about the goals that are set. I’d like to think that this year, my “someday I’ll be this” or “someday I’ll be that” statements won’t be pie in the sky types of resolutions.
I’ve got to make sure that my goals are S.M.A.R.T. Now I’m sure, if you’ve attended an office planning session, you’ll know what this means. S.M.A.R.T. goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. That’s how I’m going to set my goals for this year. I’ve got to put on my practically pragmatic head. I’ve got to set realistic goals and I’ve got to make sure that I’ve got a time frame for my goals.
I’m going to take my time. I’ve made terrible decisions before and I find that I’m still recovering from the bad decisions I made then. I have absolutely no desire to be stupid ever again.