Written By Mesha G., – Official Contributor of The Crowned Series

As the new year begins (February 1st for some of us), we all make our new year resolutions.  Those resolutions typically involves some part of our lives to become more cultivated, healthier people.  Goals to lose weight, to read, to get of our debt, to travel more, to stop smoking, to eat better, to drink less, finish school (or begin), to declutter, or to be more social are all goals that we all make top of the year.  We become incredibly optimistic but achieving them and live off the high from the ideal of being successful. 

But what happens when we fall short? I will be vulnerable enough to be honest with you all.  When I fall short of my goals, I’m ridiculously hard on myself to the point it makes absolutely no sense…. (the real life of a perfectionist). There are times I make goals that no one even knows about but I don’t achieve the plan that I made for myself, disappointment is an understatement.  I know that I probably am not the only who have similar sentiments about being too hard on yourself. But as I mature, I realize the importance of making realistic goals.  

Setting realistic goals provides is with the chance to give ourselves grace,  decrease anxiety, and lower depression. If you are anything like me, I created so many huge goals for myself and some I would accomplish but many I did not and it set be back so far to where I created burnout for myself.  

S.M.A.R.T. Goals has been recently trending at indeed, it does make sense.  In order for your vision to come true, it is important create smart goals to ensure the success of your vision.  

S – Specific. Being specific with your goals cuts the ambiguity that could prevent you from your goals.  

M- Measurable. Measuring your goals align very closely to being specific. How will you track to make sure that you’re doing exactly what you set yourself out to do?

A – Attainable. Make your goals realistic.  Do not make a goal to lose 20 pounds in a day. Not. Realistic. 

R – Relevant. This is all about alignment.  If your goal is to lose weight, then are you eating healthy, cutting calories, or working out more? Doing actionable items that aligns with your big goal creates relevance to make it happen. 

T – Time-based. Creating an end date keeps you accountable for your goal.  Again, the time should be attainable… 

SMART goals are something that’s a little new to me, but since I have been incorporating it in my life to do all the things I want to do, I gained some perspective about how I ran myself like hamster on a wheel.  I was running and felt like I was going nowhere. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve accomplished a lot but I wasn’t efficient with the actions that I made to accomplish all that I have. 

All and all said, my goal of this blog post isn’t to create a world where we all do more, but to work smarter and not harder for ourselves.  We live in a world now where we see the highlights of everyone’s lives on social media and have the perception that they all got there in a day… which is far from the truth.

Mesha , Official Contributor of The Crowned Series

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