Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cheers to a New Year

Cheers to a New Year

Fifteen days into a New Year and most of us have already had a few slip ups with our New Years Resolutions.  Give it a few more days and many of us will have forgotten the resolutions that we made completely.  January 1st tends to inspire many of us to make changes and dream about where we want to be a year from now.  Often times though, the problem is that we jump into a new resolution, with nothing but willpower and wishful thinking.   This year, let’s try some new goal setting guidelines.   

Goal Setting Guidelines
1.    The goal needs to be specific.
2.    The goal needs to be measureable
3.    The goal needs to be something that is within your control

Let me give you some examples. 

Often times when I have a high school client in my office, I will hear the following goal:

Get into (Insert College Here). 

While this seems like a great goal for a student, the problem is that they have no control over the admissions board.   With this in mind, we dig a little deeper for goals that meet the Goal Setting Guidelines.

New Goals that meet the guidelines

1.     Review the application for __________ university and make of list of all information that is needed to complete the application by September 15th.
2.     Write 3 admissions essays by September 30th.
3.     Ask Ms. A, Mr. B, and Mrs. C to review my admissions essays by October 5th
4.     Request letters of recommendation from Ms. J, Mr. K and Mrs. M by October 10th.
5.     Complete the application for _________ university by November 15th.

Give it a try with your New Years Resolutions this year and see if the change in the way you set your goals helps you focus and create a plan to accomplish your goals.