Setting annual goals and sticking to them are an entirely different matter - especially when we’re mainly accountable to ourselves. There is a lot of evidence that the stickiest goals are specific. Here are some examples to help you improve your resolutions for 2019:
Don't: Start a new career chapter.
DO: Get 3 job offers by March 2019.
Don’t: Get fit.
DO: Run a 7 minute mile by June.
Don’t: Spend more time with family.
DO: Set aside every Sunday.
If you’re familiar with SMART goals this should come as a welcome reminder. You will benefit greatly from getting into the nitty gritty of what a goal looks like when it's accomplished. It’s much easier to leap from pavement than from sand.
Keep in mind that goals are a tool, not a solution. They can be limiting, and our biggest challenges in work and life are not neatly summed up this way. If you’re not quite sure what you want this year or are having trouble defining it, this blog post is for you. One of the most common things people seek from my coaching is clarity.