I am not a big fan of New Year resolutions. My feeling is that if you want to change something, then change it now, why wait until January 1st.
Your issue is not how to set the goals but how to execute on them. It is my experience that far too much time is spent on goal setting and not enough on the execution at all levels (personal, professional and organizational).
If you follow the S.M.A.R.T. format for setting goals, you will have good goals. However, they will only be as good as your commitment to achieving them. If others set them for you (professional, organizational), it is more difficult if you were not a part of the goal setting process.
I recently heard an interview with Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawk quarterback. In the interview he said the most important thing he has done since he was a kid was to set three new goals every day. It was his father that told him that if he set three new goals each day and did not go to bed until they were completed, then he would accomplish great things. I bet his father meant both on and off the football field.
I suggest you follow Russell Wilson and set three new goals each day, using the S.M.A.R.T. format and stick with it for at least 30 days. Keep them in front of you on your Smartphone, 3x5 card or Post-it Note at all times. If you are committed to completing the three goals before the end of each day, you will begin to establish a success habit, your confidence will grow and you will see satisfying results from your efforts.
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