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Setting Goals for the New Year!

As 2010 comes to an end, we all start thinking about setting goals and resolutions for the New Year.  Whether it be improving your health through eating or exercise, finally implementing a solid financial plan or to spend more quality time with family, setting goals for positive change is a good way to bring yourself forward into a brand new year.  Make sure that you set reasonable and specific goals to ensure that these can be met.  Setting your expectations too high will only cause you additional stress.  Take some time to set family goals together as well as personal and business ones.

 Take a look at this S.M.A.R.T. way to setting new goals.

S = Specific: What is it you really want? What does it look like? You should get a clear picture in your head as detailed as possible then transfer it to paper to make it specific.

M = Measurable: A good goal is should be measurable or how else will you know if you have arrived. For example, if you set a goal to exercise 3 day per week, you will know if you are off track if you only exercise only 1 day per week. That is a measurable goal.

A = Action: Action means your goals should be action oriented. Action means movement. You have to build action steps into your goals. Your goals should inspire you to move.

R = Realistic: Using our exercise example above, is it realistic to assume you are going to exercise 5 days a week if you have not exercised at least one day a week consistently? I do not think so. Setting goals that are realistic means your goals will make you stretch. They are attainable but not unreachable. 3 times a week would be more realistic.

T = Timely: This is one of the major points that set goals apart from resolutions. Time activating your goals means to set a deadline for when you want to see the goal accomplished. You may set a goal to exercise 3 times a week and you want to have that goal completed by the end of January.

So as another year comes to an end, we can reflect over the past year filled with memories of joy, sorrow, surprise and love and put our positive thinking towards making the new year even better.  We wish you all the best for a happy and prosperous 2011!

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