I am huge fan of to do lists. However, I have always found it ironic that I fail to make the king of all lists—New Year’s Resolutions. I do not participate in making New Year’s Resolutions because I feel like it is setting myself up for failure. Mainly, because this is a list that contains tasks that I will never be able to cross off because I realize I am a never ending project. Therefore, stating, “I will not do (insert choice of vice),” does nothing for me which is why I choose to make SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-based) goals.
SMART goals require you to identify steps that will ultimately serve as a blueprint which allows you the opportunity to measure your progress. I have come to accept the fact that I was not born perfect and definitely need the guidance that SMART goals provide. Once I have created my SMART goals I then come up with a motto that I repeat to myself whenever I feel like I am drifting off course (i.e. my motto for this year is Let go and grow).
However, this year I was introduced to the Three Words method and have decided to give it a try. Normally, I go straight to making my SMART goals, but found that doing the Three Words method establishes a great foundation for your SMART goals. The three words that I will use to keep me on track are as follows:
Cut: I hope this does not come across as arrogant, but this is my year to truly focus on me (anyone who knows me is well aware that arrogance is not my style). I am guilty of providing services that I am not passionate about so I have decided to discontinue them (i.e. creating extensive reports). I have been extremely fortunate to meet a variety of people via online (Twitter,Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) and offline.
Although the majority of the connections that I have in my life are positive, I have had a couple bad apples enter into the mix and I am not about to let these people spoil my bunch! I realize that in my journey to success that I cannot take everyone with me and the sooner I let go of these folks the lighter my load will be on my journey. I know this may sound harsh, but I know I will get to my destination a lot quicker once I get rid of excess baggage.
Concentrate: I am zoning in on services that I truly enjoy providing and in turn will create an even more enjoyable experience for my clients. Naturally, one of my goals is to continue to grow my business. I plan on doing so by increasing the amount of networking events I attend, speaking engagements, etc.
I am also in the process of creating an entirely new business. I will not be going into any more details regarding this, but it is an idea that I have been playing around with for a long time. I will be preparing for the business this year and hopefully launch it next year. I am doing everything I can to prepare for this business and it will coincide quite nicely with my current company.
Cultivate: Education plays an extremely important role in order for me to reach my goals. I intend to expand my knowledge by attending more conferences, webinars, etc. in order to gain more experience that will aid in my endeavors.
I am extremely optimistic about the New Year and thoroughly enjoyed using the Three Words method and highly suggest you try it out as well (especially if you write New Year’s Resolutions). I would love to hear what your three words are in addition to your 2010 motto.