In reality this is probably not a surprise. We have all made resolutions in our lives that we have not kept... I plead guilty there for sure!
Probably because they are often taken on a whim and without real maturation and therefore commitment. Hence the interest in setting goals rather than resolutions AND in learning how to do it constructively.
Experts define goal setting as the act of selecting a target or objective that you want to achieve. So be it... But how on earth do you set objectives?
There is the famous SMART method developed by George T. Doran. The acronym of this method is a good illustration of its ambition: to give a recipe for setting smart objectives. SMART as you probably know stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.
Whether for professional (within the framework of a project) or personal (for your own development) purposes, the use of the SMART method is recommended. Yet it is based on a prerequisite: that of you having previously defined the scope of your project, your ambition.
The method provides a framework for setting objectives and ensuring that you are able to achieve them. But it is not the only method, nor is it a panacea.
Especially because in real-life - 2020 will have taught us the hard way- it is important to have flexibility, creativity and adaptability; ie some room for contingencies. And from my perspective, the risk with a SMART objective is to remain stuck in a path defined beforehand and upstream (the path marked out by the "attainable" element). That’s why I’m mentioning it as a useful but to be adapted tool.
The definition of an objective is in fact a ♻️ DELIBERATE AND EXPRESSIVE PROCESS. It starts with the identification of a new objective, a new skill or a new project that you wish to achieve. It continues by drawing up a plan to achieve it. Then by working to bring it to fruition. Which should lead to 🎯
The interest is to set objectives that go in the direction of what you want to aim for, and therefore to know yourself (this will undoubtedly be the subject of a future newsletter), to accept to leave your comfort zone (yes, the same one that I talked about in my newsletter n°1 😉).