I can’t say that I am a big fan of “New Year resolutions”. To be honest, it may be because it seems cliché. Or maybe, the truth of the matter is I feel as if the term is normally linked to temporary goals, when I wish to improve my life for the long haul. I’m all about change, dreams, and goals nonetheless! I just frame it a little different.
Years ago I was taught about Professor Robert S. Rubin’s SMART goals. SMART is actually an acronym that allows individuals to make sure their goals are clear and attainable (see below):
- Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
- Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
- Achievable (agreed, attainable).
- Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
- Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).
I am overly obsessed with vision boards seeing as though I am a visual person. With time I have learned to apply the SMART method to the creation of my yearly vision board to make sure that I can effectively take the proper steps as it relates to achieving my goals. Once upon a time I had pictures of Range Rovers on my board (very possible just not on my current salary). Now I may have a goal to pay off my current Jeep two months earlier or to invest in a new Jeep that’s $20,000.
Why did I say all of that? Where does the party come in? Well, I’ll tell you! VISION BOARD PAAARTAYYY! Grab a group of friends, some boards, magazines, a great movie, some glue sticks, make a couple of glasses of devereaux, and have at it! You will feel amazing attaining the goals on your board. Let’s be great today, tomorrow, and for years to come!