Ready, Set, GOAL!

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by Lorraine Bosse-Smith

Another year is upon us, and many people are still trying to live up to last year’s resolutions, let alone begin setting new ones! Feeling frustrated and defeated, they find themselves stuck in a cycle of setting goals, failing to meet them and setting the same goals again. Whether they are professional, personal, spiritual, physical or emotional goals, setting them is easy for everyone. No sweat. The challenge most often comes in achieving the goals. If you find yourself in this dilemma, here is some great news!

If you’re ready to stop fishing for success (in whatever capacity) and start catching it, here are four simple rules to follow when setting goals:

  1. First of all, your goals must be specific. You’ll never hit the target if you don’t even know what it is, what it looks like, or where it is.
  2. Secondly, your goals must be measurable. You’ll never know if and when you hit the target if you don’t set up a way to measure. Include a date and quantifiable way to determine if the goal has been achieved.
  3. Third, your goals must be challenging but they must also be realistic. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting the bar way too high. This is where many people get stuck and disappointed. If your goal is a big one, then “chunk it down” to bite-size, manageable pieces (or little goals).
  4. Lastly, your goals must be meaningful. Why? Because you won’t reach a place you don’t want to go to begin with! If the goal is being placed upon you by someone else, then associate a personal benefit to the goal such as: a raise, promotion, status, accomplishment, learning experience, team building, etc.

Now here’s how to accomplish your goals. Apply these five practical steps, and you are on your way to reaching your goals!

  1. Identify your goal, why you want to achieve it and when you want it by.
  2. Determine the RTP required to make it happen. RTP stands for: Resources, Time and People. All projects, tasks and goals need RTP. By clearly defining what they are, you’ll have a better idea of how your goal will be met. I encourage you to draw three columns titled R – T – P and write under each what or who will be needed for each goal.
  3. Take action! So many times, we can write and rewrite our goals simply to watch them collect dust in our day planner or desk drawer. Do something today to move you towards your goal. Each small step will bring your closer to your victory.
  4. Check your course often. Take note of your actions and see if they are bringing you closer or further away from your desired outcome. In some cases, an outside party might be needed as an “accountability partner.” Either way, stay on course day by day.
  5. Change your course if necessary. Be flexible! Sometimes additional steps will be necessary or steps can be eliminated.

As with anything, we need faith to keep us going. But with a little practice, we can begin to set more realistic goals, meet them, and have a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Start the New Year off right! Don’t delay.

Lorraine Bossé-Smith is President of The Total You, a wellness company located in Loveland, Colorado, dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives through personal training, coaching and dynamic resources. Lorraine speaks across the country and is the author of seven published books. Please visit: