Ghosts of New Year’s Past – Goals

New Year's Goals - determining the way forward
New Year’s Goals – determining the way forward

It’s New Year’s Eve and we are at home celebrating!

Partly because we want to and partially because I’m determined not to contaminate the world with my flu.

So, it’s a great time to reflect on the past, right?

I’ve always loved creating personal goals. In fact, New Year’s Resolutions rarely have anything to do with my goal setting though it is often a time to check my latest status.

In college I started a trend of putting all my major year goals on a poster that I hid behind my bedroom door. It continued all the way through my first jobs out of college, through grad school and into my second career.

Here’s one from November 2000!

New Year's Resolutions - created in November 2000 and posted on the bedroom door poster style
New Year’s Resolutions – created in November 2000 and posted on the bedroom door poster style

Now, I still create something that looks like the above, but it fits on a sheet of paper that I can carry around. In 2012, I even took a picture and put it on my phone and then my tablet. See the little video clip I made about the concept of going mobile with your goals.


On Facebook I’ve seen a few people ditching the concept of New Year’s Resolutions. Why? Are we afraid of failure? Are we feeling pressure to perform? Are we rebelling against societal norms?

I don’t have the answer.

However, I think resolutions are a good thing and I’m glad that we as a people collectively think of this as a time to re-start the clock. If anything, that should be a relief!

As I look back at the poster on my wall, most of those goals have been accomplished. One or two were discarded. My weight and health has gotten worse. My new goals have gotten harder.

Yet, I can honestly say that I’m better off because of the vision they provided me along the way.

S.M.A.R.T Goals – a review

So, in light of the past and looking forward to the future, let’s review how to make a goal with one of the most common approaches used to create a personal goal. A SMART goal! (Note: for the truly academic, check out more info on Wikipedia at since some use different words for each part of the acronym)

S  – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Attainable

R – Relevant

T – Time-bound

I just finished my last goal of the year – to write this little post.

Time to sign off and celebrate!

Happy New Year 2013!

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