I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. -Neil Gaiman
Resolutions. Everyone seems to have an opinion about them. Some love it; others loathe it. Most fail them… why is that? One possibility is that many resolutions are dreams, not goals.
A dream written with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true (Greg Reid). Here’s the reality of it – it’s going to take effort.
I know for me, the hardest part about doing something new is getting started. The first step is the most intimidating, because it’s foreign and unknown and may lead places that are challenging; but this is where growth happens.
What measures will you take to turn your dreams into goals and goals into reality? Here are a few thoughts to get you started.
Write them down. Research has shown that those who write down their goals are much more likely to achieve them. Furthermore, tell someone. It could be that they share the same goal as you, and may even wish to work alongside you towards this shared pursuit.
Define your goals effectively. A concept I learned in college is that of “SMART Goals,” first theorized by Peter Drucker in his work on Management by Objectives, but later expanded by Robert Rupin of St. Louis University. Making your goals clear and focused is the foundation for accomplishing them. Form your goals with the following criteria:
- Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
- Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
- Achievable (agreed, attainable).
- Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
- Time-bound (time-based, time-limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive). (source via Mindtools)
And above all of this, we must remember that planning is the item of tantamount importance is not the plan, but the action. If nothing else, do something.
PSG had quite the year in 2017. We expanded our staff internally, expanded our services geographically, and expanded our reputation drastically. Case-in-point: the guy writing this article you’re reading at this moment wasn’t here even a few months ago. We are in the Grenada chamber of commerce now, and Mississippi Business Journal awarded us as the democratically elected the Best Employment Agency of Mississippi!
We strive to be the best we can be. Being voted the best in Mississippi was just the beginning of where we are headed, but it will take work – both diligence and excellence – and this is what we wish to provide to you. We were voted #1 last year, and we want that to be the case again this year, so we want to take what we have and improve it.
That’s a little bit on goals, resolutions, and what we have in mind for 2018. What are your resolutions for the new year?
Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. -Helen Keller