3 Things You Need For Success In 2017
1. A Planner
Sure, you could have everything in your head but then you're not leaving any room for growth. Think of a jar. Everyday you fill the jar up with written ideas, goals, plans, appointment, memories or any other valuable and important information on a post it note. Those post it notes would eventually fill up the jar. You wouldn't have any room left for anything new!
Okay, okay. I know what you may be thinking. You could just take them out and "make" room. Yes, you're right. That's totally possible but at the same time that would be time consuming. What if an idea or goal or plan was a post it note at the bottom of the jar. Well, then you would have to dump the whole jar out and fill it back up.
This would drive anyone crazy. Trust me. Getting a planner will be your best friend. There are so many different kinds out there and honestly, there isn't one planner that works for everyone. Make a goal this year to test some out. Buy one online through amazon or try a digital one like an app on your iPhone. You're bound to find a way of completing tasks more efficiently as long as you have the intention to improve.
2. S.M.A.R.T. Goals
SMART Goals stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
If you want to make shit happen, and I'm talking about the really good shit, shit that makes you want to jump up and down because you're so freaking happy....then you need to follow the SMART setup.
Specific - allows you to question what exactly you're going to accomplish. For giggles, lets say your goal is you want a new job. okay, well, what kind of job do you want? Is location important? what about your salary? Odds are there's more to your goal then just wanting to obtain your desire.
Measurable - by asking how you are measuring your goal you can figure out the how part of what you want to accomplish. For example, if you want a new job you might want to measure what you will need such as skills or your necessary networks.
Achievable - You can absolutely have any goal you want and eventually achieve your goal but you MUST understand if your goal is realistic. Perhaps going to the olympics is your goal but maybe that can be your five or ten year goal. You need to look at the whole picture. The previous acronym, m for measuring, will help you in understanding what is and is not achievable.
Relevant - You can come to terms if your goal is relevant by asking yourself if your goal is important to you. At the end of the day, you're responsible for achieving your goal.
Time-bound - This is the most important aspect of SMART goals. Setting yourself up in intervals for success is imminent. Set a "by when" date which will help you choose ways to monitor your goals so that you're on track in six months.
3. A Confidant (Person or Paper)
We're beings of nature. We love to talk to people, over the internet or in person. If we were to be isolated I believe we'd all go mad. For 2017 make it in your best interest to find a confidant. Keeping all your thoughts in your head isn't safe. Finding an outlet to express your thoughts and let them go to make room for growth is.
If you're feeling you don't have anyone you trust then try writing it down on a piece of paper and burning it. I don't recommend you do this in your house or somewhere with highly flammable items.
Conclusion: A planner with smart goals and an outlet to express your thoughts is guaranteed to set 2017 as one of your most successful years yet. You got this.
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