Happy New Year! 2013

Yesterday we talked about what not to do when making resolutions or goals for the New Year. Today, let’s talk about setting goals that work. 
The best goals are those that have these elements:


Importance – the goal, or rather achieving the goal must be important to you if you hope to remain motivated to achieve it. Make a goal that you want to accomplish for reasons that are important to you, not because someone else thinks you should do it. 


Clearly stated – state your goal in clear terms. Say exactly what you want to achieve.



Specific – to be achievable a goal must be stated with sufficient specificity so that you will know if you have achieved it. It is not specific to say you will lose weight. Rather make a goal such as “I will lose 15 pounds…”



Time certain – if you do not set a deadline to achieve the goal it will never get done. “I will lose 15 pounds by June 1” is time certain. 



Achievable – creating a goal that you can achieve is inspiring. Creating a goal that is not achievable is a waste of time and is discouraging. Make sure you have the ability, commitment, money and time to achieve your goal. 


Write it down – many studies have shown that people who right down their goals achieve them more effectively than those who do not. 


Refer to it constantly – you will forget a goal you never look at. Write it down and post it where you will see it – on your mirror, in your wallet, planner or other place where you look all the time. Look at your goals often and remind yourself to follow through. 



Break down complex goals – if your goal is complex break it down into achievable parts or steps. If a goal to lose 15 pounds in five months is too vague or complex, make a goal to lose 3 pounds in January, 3 pounds in February, etc. 


Follow through – if you do not write down the steps it will take to achieve your goal and then follow through with those steps every day you will likely not succeed. One of the main reasons people are disappointed in their “New Years Resolutions” is that they do not do the work to make them happen. 


Setting reasonable goals that meet these criteria can help you get control of your life and achieve a sense of accomplishment. This will build the confidence needed to achieve even greater goals in the future. 


Wishing you a Happy and Successful New Year!

Daniel R. Murphy
Helping People Learn to Build Wealth

Wishing you Success and Prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.