In January I usually give different kinds of productivity presentations because the New Year lends itself to the topic of resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions usually being, to get organized. This year I noticed that when I asked my audiences who had written their goals down, not one person raised his/her hand. I went into professional organizer shock. People did timidly admit afterward that their goals were floating in their heads, just not committed from the brain to paper or iPad.

Therefore, for this month’s ezine content I’d like to pretend it’s January (not that you can’t set goals any time of the year) and encourage you to spend some quiet time thinking about what you want to achieve in your future. And then I’d highly suggest that you put the POSSE’s Pen to old-fashioned paper or digital format.

I recently heard a great podcast by Brian Buffini called, “Launching Your Year,” who owns the largest coaching and training company in America. He referenced that a person is seven times more likely to achieve a goal if he/she writes it down. Amazing statistic I thought. Why wouldn’t you do this and give it a try?

I have been writing my own personal and professional goals for decades so I’m going to vouch for what Mr. Buffini said because I can tell you first-hand that most of my goals do come to life.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
~Zig Ziglar

smart goalYou may have heard the acronym, S.M.A.R.T. relative to goal writing. It stands for

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-Bound

I agree that many goals can be or should be S.M.A.R.T. goals.

For example, one of my goals this year for POSSE’s professional development is to work twice a month with a specific technology expert for one hour each session. That is two hours each month times 12 months — so I have now allocated 24 work hours to learn many of the apps and websites (of course I have a list) in Techno land clamoring the attention of folks who want to be more productive.

The result I’m looking for is a good understanding of how these tools work so I can use the ones I like, so that I become knowledgeable speaking about them publicly. Lastly, so I can refer them to appropriately fit my client’s needs. Based on the time I allotted, my list, and my hired consultant – I do think I’m being realistic.

Since POSSE is such a fan of writing goals, here is my S.M.A.R.T. Goal Form for you!

I also think that goals can be far-fetched and imaginary. These stretch goals or fantasy goals do have me stumped on how to achieve it. But I’m going to add it to my list or pin it onto my vision board anyway because I can. For example, I will share one of my dreamier type goals. I would love to be a celebrity on Dancing with the Stars and have Derek Hough as my dance partner. I am clueless at the moment of how to accomplish this but I will say it out loud, write it down, and let the universe figure it out…

Lastly, place your goals where you can see them DAILY. This could be on your desktop, bathroom mirror or your car’s dashboard. Let me know next year how you made out with this. POSSE wants to know.