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2015! A new year. A fresh start. An opportunity to commit to doing something better or begin something you’ve never done before.

Some people like to start their goals at a set time, like the beginning of a new year, so they make new year’s resolutions. Others prefer to set them when the timing feels right. I include myself in the latter category. Years ago I quit smoking on a December 4. On that date, I knew it was the right time for me to make this change. Although I’d quit before for long periods of time, I knew in my heart of hearts this time would be different and I’d stick with it, which I did. What was different on that December 4? That is the subject of this post.

The secret — and simple answer is — motivation! I was totally ready to make that change at that time. I was motivated. Sans motivation, goals (or resolutions) likely cannot be sustained. That’s one reason why some people achieve them while others falter. To effect change, it takes a strong will to succeed.

When I talk to people who want to hire me to get organized, the single most important quality I look for is motivation. If they have it, I can teach them what they need to know. If they don’t, I can teach them nothing because they won’t be invested in the process or outcome and they stop. As with any behavioral change, like losing weight or starting a fitness program, it must be something you really want to do.

Believe it or not, another reason people don’t succeed is because they really don’t know what a goal is. Losing weight, eating healthier and quitting smoking are not goals. They are wants or concepts. Why are they not goals? They are too vague.

Let’s use losing weight as an example. When do you want to start? How much weight do you want to lose? By when? Is it doable?

Here’s how to make it a goal: Use the SMART acronym.

S—Specific, M—Measurable, A—Achievable, R—Realistic, T—Time-bound

I will lose 10 pounds between January 1 and June 1, 2015.

Here are 6 tips for success.

  1. Set small goals
  2. Reinforce what you want to achieve and why
  3. Visualize the change
  4. Know what does—and does not—work for you
  5. Avoid triggers (e.g., having junk food in the house)
  6. Have an accountability partner

If you want more examples of SMART goals, see my blog post dated January 17, 2012.

Most importantly, be motivated and get excited about the change you want to make!

 

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Notable Quote

Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.  ~Oprah Winfrey

 

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