It’s the New Year. Everyone is excited and feeling great after The Holidays. Many of us are eager and looking forward to start 2015 by reaching “our goals”. But, before you get started, let’s go over one very important thing. A goal is just a goal unless you do something about it. Yeah, we know that sounds a little cruel, but really that’s why some of us don’t achieve our goals.
Here is a list of the top 10 goals most Americans make heading into the New Year:
- Lose Weight
- Getting Organized
- Spend Less, Save More
- Enjoy Life to the fullest
- Staying fit and Healthy
- Learn Something exciting
- Quit Smoking
- Help Others in Their Dreams
- Fall in Love
- Spend More Time with Family
It’s All About The Numbers
According to research by the University of Scranton; 150 million Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions. But, out of those 150 million people, only 8 percent of us are actually successful. Why do so many people fail at goal setting and what is the secret behind those who succeed?
Making it a Habit
There’s a reason why you haven’t reached your goals yet or the success you’ve always wanted. Yes, there are lots of reasons why and only YOU know. The main reason that you haven’t reached your goal(s) yet is because you haven’t taken the necessary steps to achieve them a.k.a “making habits of the steps necessary to attain YOUR goals”. Let’s face it; you are in the position that you are currently in today, because of the decisions or steps you’ve made throughout your life. How many of you have done something and then days or years later finally seen why you made that decision or how it impacted your life? How about if we focused and took the steps necessary to reach our goals, wouldn’t we eventually accomplish them? It takes time to change our habits, but as long as we admit to our bad habits and look for ways to change these “bad habits”, we’ve completed the first step in the process to achieving your goals.
Making Your Goals as Specific as Possible
The second important step to accomplishing your goals is to make your goals as specific as possible. A couple of years ago, while working for a very successful businessman in New York, I learned that I was definitely on the right track but still lacked a lot of missing pieces to reaching my goals and being more successful. This man, was my boss, he is a successful sales training and development coach and has helped many successful companies all over the world by “getting better”. One of the things this man taught me was to make S.M.A.R.T goals. S.M.A.R.T stands for specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time bound.
Here is an example of one the top ten goals most Americans wish for according to Scranton University without using the S.M.A.R.T. method “ I am going to lose weight”.
Here is an example using the S.M.A.R.T method: I am going to lose 50 pounds by my birthday, May 7th. I am going to do so by going to the gym 5 times a week for one hour a day and in that one hour I am going to do 45 minutes of cardio and 100 sit-ups. Now that’s S.M.A.R.T.
Evernote: The Tool That Will Save Your Life and Your Goals
Evernote is the best tool to use for ANYTHING. We use Evernote to store our ideas, notes, web images and just about anything we want. Evernote is also perfect for tracking goals, and starting new projects. We made a short screencast so you can see how we use Evernote once we start business with a new client.
In this screencast you will discover:
- How to use Evernote to accomplish anything
- How to break down your goals
- How to store the things you like
Are you making progress?
Success in life comes from the satisfaction of accomplishing goals. You can accomplish ANYTHING you want as long as you take the steps towards your goals. But, the first step is realizing WHAT YOU MUST TO TO GET “THERE”.
There is no great secret to success, only daily disciplines