3 Ways To Set Smarter Goals This Year

Everywhere I looked on social media over Christmas break, I was encouraged by all of the goal setting I saw out there. But the stats on New Year’s resolutions and goals are bleak. Here are 3 ways to set smarter goals this year and be successful.

1. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

  • Specific - What goal will you accomplish?
  • Measurable - How will you know you accomplished your goal?
  • Attainable - Is accomplishing this goal possible?
  • Requiring Faith - Do you need God to accomplish your goal?
  • Time Bound - What is the deadline for your goal?

There are number of versions of SMART goals. This is my version, which substitutes Realistic (which is similar to attainable) with Requiring Faith. @@Goals that live in the tension of being attainable and requiring faith are in the sweet spot.@@

2. Use Smart Technology

There are a ton of apps out there to make you better at accomplishing your goals. Here are a few:

  • GoalsOnTrack - This is the most robust, including a calendar, to-do list and much more. Track goals, habits and tasks. $5 a month. Available on every platform.
  • Stikk - This one is unique in that it involves a Commitment Contract. Then you set the stakes which will motivate you to accomplish your goals. Invite whomever you wish to track your progress and encourage you along the way! Free and available on all platforms.
  • LifeTick - This one is based on your core values. After setting those, you set goals that align with your values and track from there. This is a web-based software, and there is a free individual plan. 

3. Enlist Smart People

Before you set out to achieve too many, too few or the wrong goals altogether, allow the wisest and most trusted people in your life to speak into your goals. There are (scientifically proven) reasons to keep your goals private, but enlisting a small group of 2 to 3 people to challenge your goals will create a team to encourage you along the way. I would include your spouse in this group if you are married. 

The wrong goals can be more harmful than no goals. Crush your 2017 goals by being smarter with your goals. Best of luck this year!

What are some of your tips for setting goals this year?