This is the time of year when we all make resolutions that we promise to keep. I once heard that the definition of a resolution is a commitment that you promise to make for a day and for most of us, that is as good as it gets. So maybe this year we use the strategic planning method of setting out goals and objectives by using the SMART technique, that is:
Specific- focus on specific things rather than general things
Measureable- set goals that you can measure (loss of so many pounds is frequent) but what about your business or organization?
Actionable- is your resolution actually something that you can act on (e.g. is climbing Mount Everest something you can actually act on?)
Realistic- all of the above
Timely- is your resolution good for a week, month or year or forever?
If you answer to all of the above is positive, then make that commitment and move forward. Resolutions are not always easy to accomplish but then it is always easy to accomplish something when the path to success has no challenges.
My challenge to all of you is to pick one resolution this year, use the SMART technique and then for it. No procrastination!