Let’s see how we’ve fared when it comes to the resolutions we made so eagerly and excitedly at the beginning of the year:

  • Go to the gym five days a week a month. Nailed it.
  • Eat heathy…Ish. Go me.
  • Take time for myself and my personal growth. Well… Tomorrow. I’ll start tomorrow.

There’s a reason resolutions are typically swept away with the rest of the NYE party debris: We put so much pressure on ourselves to become a completely new person in the new year, as if once the clock strikes midnight, we’re going to magically have the answers, insights, and motivation to make sweeping changes.

There is a difference between resolutions and goals – and it goes far beyond semantics. It’s a matter of recognizing that we are all works in progress.

The question is, are you making progress?


What did you want to accomplish? What did you identify as an area for growth?

An exercise that can be helpful is to make a More/Less list. On a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle. In one column, write down what you want to do more of at work and in life. In the other column, write down what you want to do less of. How does this list match up with the goals you’ve set? How can you adjust so they are more in line with what you really want in your personal and professional arenas?


Ask yourself if your goals are SMART:

  1. SPECIFIC. If your goal is vague – I want to be better. At everything – it is all too easy to misinterpret and to get lost in. Dial it in. My goal is to train for a marathon.
  2. MEASURABLE. How are you going to track your progress? I’ll train three days a week and use data from my fitness watch to see how I’m progressing.
  3. ATTAINABLE. Is your goal achievable? Realistic? I did a half marathon last year and have been exercising and eating well.
  4. RELEVANT. Is the goal aligned with your values? Ambitions? Dreams? I value my health and fitness, and I want to push myself at all stages of life.
  5. TIME-BOUND. Set a timeline for completion. I signed up for the marathon in my city in November. I’ll be ready. No matter what your personal or professional goal, apply the SMART method to see if it really makes sense for you at this point and set yourself up for success!

No matter what your personal or professional goal, apply the SMART method to see if it really makes sense for you at this point and set yourself up for success!


You may have noticed that we’ve mentioned measurement a few times. This is intentional! A goal is no good if we are not tracking our progress. How will you do that? It depends largely on the objective you’ve set for yourself. Define what constitutes evidence that you are making positive strides forward. Whatever it is, tracking the right metrics allows you to see what’s working and what’s not.


Checking in with yourself regularly is key to achieving your most important – and ambitious – goals. It is an opportunity to evaluate your progress, hone in on what really matters to you, and course correct if you find that you’ve wandered off your path.

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