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As we begin this new year, it is natural for us to have plans and goals for various aspects of our life. SMART goals for the year is an attempt to advise on this issue because it is one thing to have these goals and another thing to actually achieve them.
This article aims at helping you make goals and plans that at the end of the year you could look back and be happy about how far you have come.
For any goals we make this year in our marriage, family life or work life they must be specific. It won’t help if you generalize your goals. If in this new year, you want your marriage for instance to be better, you need to aim at specific milestones. You could start with “I will appreciate my husband more.” It looks simple but it is a specific thing that you can actually do.
Whatever you plan needs to be something you can take stock of, a goal you can measure. If we continue with the appreciation goal, you can actually measure by consciously doing this and seeing the response it brings from your partner.
We dream up really big, almost impossible plans, but, the plans we make should be things we can actually achieve. Yes, there is faith and being able to do the impossible, but there should be achievable goals along the way. We can plan to show our kids we love them more and actually achieve that following simple steps.
When it comes to goals in a new year, we tend to start building castles in the sky. Be realistic! For example, you cannot plan to invent a better insecticide in the new year when you are not even science inclined. That would be totally unrealistic.
Aim to achieve each goal by a certain time. This helps you work towards it with all the strength you need to achieve it.
It is a great thing to have goals and a greater thing still to achieve them. It is our desire here at NH that all of us can look back at the end of 2016 and really be fulfilled with our achievements.