I’m a big fan of goals.

People say that goals should be S.M.A.R.T. – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound.

I’ve made a LOT of SMART goals in the past – but this year, I am focusing on action.

Why?

Because the goals I have been making have been focused on outcome – and it’s very hard to control outcome.

One thing I can control is my actions and my time – which will lead to wonderful outcomes.

So how am I doing this?

Instead of saying “I will lose 25 pounds in 2016” I say “I will hula hoop for 15 minutes per day, six days per week in 2016.”

Why?

I have no idea how I can get down 25 pounds – and it will take a LOT. But something small (hula hooping 15 minutes a day) and consistent (six days a week) can definitely help me to reach that goal. Getting the exercise of hula hooping every day will have benefits, whether I lose 25 pounds or not.

I can also say that I will reach certain milestones in my businesses dollar-wise (I also own a social media business, Organized Social Media.) However, that’s hard, too! I can book clients, but there are always changes – cancelations, clients dropping and life.

What I will do instead of saying “I will make $100,000 next year” is say “I will follow up with five potential clients each week via email and phone.”

Again, this is something that I can do that will lead to those clients and that money – but not set me up for failure.

This can be applicable to getting organized, too. You can dedicate time (“I will organize for one hour each Saturday” – or, “I will get rid of one garbage bag of stuff each month.”)

Actions are achievable, it feels good to do them, and they will lead to progress if you’re consistent – I promise.