Monday, January 4, 2016

New year, new SMART goals

Sheryl Baumeister,
Human Resources
Whether it's time to put your New Year's resolution in motion or you're looking to get more motivated, goal setting will help you begin thinking about the possibilities and opportunities in your life. It will help you start thinking about different types of changes you can make, including financial, health and wellness, friends and family, work, personal, and of course, long-term.

Setting goals is a healthy, positive habit.

A great resource to begin setting goals is to use the SMART model. It asks you to make your goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based. It’s not an easy process, but by using this tool, your goals will become more understandable and relatable.

For lasting changes to your life, you must start small. The reasoning is simple. The smaller the changes you try to make in your life, the more likely you’ll actually make them. Small resolutions take less time, willpower and motivation. This means you will actually keep them, and become more confident in your ability to change.

And, something to remember is just because your goal is small, doesn’t mean it can’t be challenging. One reason we fail to keep our resolutions is they become boring or uninteresting or just not challenging enough.

We know not every goal can be accomplished this year. But these dreams, wishes and plans are probably always present in your thoughts. These will be your long-term goals, which can be set for any area of your life. Whether you’re trying to get out of debt, change your career, start a family or stick to a healthier diet, you can turn your wish into a long-term goal. They may be more important to our sense of happiness and well-being than many people come to believe. They direct our actions, provide us with a sense of purpose, and even shape our attitude towards objects, people and circumstances that surround us.

So, how do you get started?  Just take the first step.

This article originally appeared in Trigard Tuesdays, our weekly electronic newsletter featuring information for the funeral industry. Sign up for your free subscription at

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