We all do it. Hit the snooze button at least once instead of rising with our alarm. It’s a mechanism many of us use to grab just a few more moments of sleep. While we may drift off for a few seconds, more often we lie in a semi-conscious fog, simply not wanting to get up. Soon, ten, twenty, even sixty minutes are snooze buttoned away. Enough! Don’t hit the snooze button-let’s get up, address our sleep issues and enjoy more memorable moments.
Did you watch the Super Bowl? I am always impressed with the athleticism of some of the players. Their agility, strength, and speed inspire. But it doesn’t just happen. Years of practice, repetition and habits lead to the athleticism culminating in Super Bowl moments.
Becoming more physically fit is a priority goal for me this year and maybe for you too. The best method for us is also to create a habit. If you know me, you know I love discussing habits! Various lifestyle habits will be on tap here for the next few weeks and exercise is a great place to begin.
As the calendar speeds toward the end of January, how are those goals and resolutions going? After a few weeks of attempting new routines, habits, or changes to our lifestyle, often we’re tempted to ease back or even give up. My encouragement is don’t!
Let’s not look back on our lives remembering what we DIDN’T do. I believe most of us would prefer to recall the good, adventurous, and amazing life moments of pursuing our goals. To wrap up this month of exploring goals and memories, let’s not neglect something crucial to helping us achieve them-accountability.
Accountability means different things to different people. For some, it will be sharing goals with others who can help us stay on track. To others, it means creating a physical or digital list to check things off and see visual progress. My suggestion is do both.
I’m a visual person and love a good checklist or spreadsheet. I’m currently learning new ways to help stay organized with all my goals and love it! However, I’m the only one who really sees my progress. If I don’t follow through on something, no one may know. But in the real world, if I miss a deadline for a work or family project typically it impacts others and real-world consequences ensue. For this reason, I usually don’t miss doing those most important things for and with others.
But what about those other goals-the ones we created a few weeks back to propel us toward our dreams? They can be put on the back burner to simmer and miss getting attention if we don’t share them with others. Without consequences, there may not be enough motivation to help us move ahead and ultimately achieve them.
While a list (and multiple charts etc.) regarding my goals and tasks is helpful, it’s also important to share them. It’s also vital to share them with the right people. Your boss may not care about your goal to declutter your home closets, but your family will. Alternatively, your boss or trusted coworker may be the perfect person to hear about your goal of completing work projects ahead of schedule.
Let’s look back on our example goal of having a better memory, specifically for names of new people we meet. With whom can we share this goal? Family and friends who are with us consistently would be a great option. They will encourage us to keep that notebook with us, write down the names and/or even help review them with us later in the day. Having accountability provides the extra incentive to remember the name. Think of how proud you’ll both be when you greet your new neighbor BY NAME! Additionally, helping others to be accountable is beneficial too. When we encourage others, we often become inspired to change and stay the course for ourselves.
Goals and resolutions help us achieve the overall vision for our lives. First, they need to be SMART. Then a realistic plan to achieve and accountability to help us stay the course are needed. Putting all of these in place will lead us toward more memorable moments to look back upon one day. Life is short and not guaranteed. Let’s make the most of our moments by having SMART goals with a plan and accountability to help us achieve them.
To that end, I’d like you to help me be accountable. I’m evaluating our services at MemoryMinders and would love your input. Whatever your interest is in memory wellness, I’d like to provide services to assist in making more memorable moments. If you could take a few moments to answer three quick questions, it will help me, help you. Thanks!
Whether we call them resolutions, goals, or 2019 to do list-it’s about wanting to do new things in a new year. But change can be difficult. This saying summed it up for me this week- “if nothing changes, nothing changes.” So, if we want to accomplish something new in 2019, something must change, difficult or not.
Welcome to 2019! The onset of a new year causes many of us to make a fresh start in some way or another. New projects, attitudes and goals abound. As our family discussed 2019 goals recently, our daughter reminded us to be specific in order to achieve them. I love how our children can be our best teachers!
Often, we have a great idea or desire to change but get stuck because we don’t know how to start, measure our progress, stay the course or finish well. This and other reasons cause many who make resolutions to never realize their goals. It’s said many will give up on a New Year’s resolution by mid-February. That’s not very inspiring.
My daughter’s comment reminded me of an acronym (you know how I love this memory technique) about goals. They should be SMART! For goals to be achieved, should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Bound. Let’s break down this great way to think about goals.
Specific-I have one goal that’s big and a bit of a stretch. I’d love to jump in, but because it’s so new to me, I’m not exactly sure how to make it specific and can’t measure if it’s not specific. Often big goals like this have a series of smaller goals and/or projects which need to occur along the way. In order to make it specific, I’ll need to make a series of smaller, mini-goals around the projects needed to achieve the larger goal.
For example, if a “better memory” is your goal-it can be made more specific by breaking it into parts like “I’ll remember new people’s names the next time I see them.” This smaller mini-goal may also need steps to implement such as identifying key memory techniques to use, being prepared to write things down, or practicing focused attention. Writing down all the steps will help dissect any big goal into small parts to make it more specific. It also will create a doable list of action items which will be easier to focus on and implement toward progress.
Measurable-In order to see if we are making progress, we need to be able to measure how well we’re doing. If trying to lose weight, stepping on the scale once a week is an easy way to measure progress. But what about something a bit more global like that “better memory”? Breaking it into remembering new names is specific, but how will it be measured? Be creative and address the actual goal. For this, it could be daily writing down the names of anyone new. Review them, use memory techniques and see how many you can recall. Make it measurable by taking a few moments each day and week to track your progress-you’ll be motivated to continue working hard as you see some progress!
Even when we make our goals specific and measurable, we are only beginning. We can still get sidetracked and lose our focus. Next week, we’ll discuss the ART of SMART Goals and the “ART” of how to stay on track.
Goals are often personal but many times a little accountability goes a long way toward progress. It helps us stay the course and encourage one another. A personal goal of mine is to encourage others in my life and that includes you! I hope you set some SMART goals and if you need a little accountability along the way, feel free to reach out to me, I’d love to encourage you!
I’m also excited about a training I’m taking by my friend Christa which begins next week. Join us and let’s keep each other accountable to our goals! Check out the details on the Move Forward Mastermind training here.
Let’s be SMART and get moving on our goals to make 2019 our most memorable year yet!
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