We have a saying around here at APR that is consistently echoed and repeated by our Executive team: The best is yet to come. At almost every meeting, employee outing or even an occasional email, you’ll see or hear those words.
So what is your “best” for 2017? What goals or resolutions do you have? And most importantly, how do you keep them? Here are 3 easy tips to help make 2017 your best one yet.
1. Establish S.M.A.R.T goals for your resolution
S – Specific, M – Measurable, A – Agreed Upon, R – Realistic, T – Time-Based. By establishing “S.M.A.R.T” goals to your resolution, you are helping set yourself up for success. So your goal is to lose 24 lbs. in 2017. That means you need to lose 2 lbs. a month. Is that realistic? Okay, so how are you going to lose that 2 lbs. a month? Are you going to walk an extra 5,000 steps a day? The more you establish and follow the S.M.A.R.T goals, the easier it will be to follow and attain your resolution.
2. Find an accountability partner
What person in your life will help you succeed at attaining your goal? Find somebody who will not only hold you accountable but also keep you encouraged! Ask that person to send you encouraging words from time to time. Talk with this person weekly or monthly and let them know how your resolution is coming along.
3. Establish Monthly Reviews / Check-Ins
Set aside some time on your calendar every month to check in with your S.M.A.R.T goals. Did you fall behind a couple weeks? Why and what are you going to do differently to make sure that doesn’t happen again?