Spring Cleaning: How to Set Achievable Goals

Unless you live in the northeast United States at the moment (currently experiencing their third Nor’easter in as many weeks), the season of spring appears to be upon us. It’s a time of renewal, rebirth and…cleaning? No doubt you’re familiar with the term spring cleaning, but did you know that some historians trace its roots to ancient Persia? Some researchers believe the beginning of spring cleaning coincided with Iranian “Nowruz,” or new year, which occurs on the first day of spring. The tradition of ‘khooneh tekouni’ was born, which when translated means ‘shaking the house.’ 

Is it time to shake your house? Many Americans see this time of year through the lens of tax season, in hopes of a respectable refund amount. While some pay down Christmas debts, others use the funds as stake money for big projects. Like, perhaps the purchase of a franchise? Whatever your trip to the accountant produces this year, we’ve got some advice on how to set some achievable goals in 2018. Let’s review:

Most people are reluctant to get into a goal-setting exercise at first glance. They’re convinced that it’s a ruse, something to make you feel good about yourself without any real movement. However, if you take the exercise seriously and follow through on the steps, goal-setting works. You need only to look at those who embark on a healthier living campaign as proof.

Say you decide to begin jogging. If you’re in decent enough health and without a nagging injury, there are some goal-setting programs that could have you completing a half-marathon in less than three months. How is that possible, you ask? By following the regimen. If you put in the work, you’ll see the results.

Goals are inherently designed to give you both focus and direction. If you take out a sheet of paper and write down that you want to become your own boss by the end of the year, you have set the final goal. What steps will you include in front of it? When goal-setting, account for everything necessary to motivate yourself to get to the next step. There will be a goal on securing your finances to put you in position to buy a franchise. There will be a goal to account for the time management necessary to either keep your day job or transition completely. There will be a goal to seek out the appropriate counsel for investigating franchising (that’s where we come in!) in general.

Many experts believe the SMART system for goal-setting is the standard for success. It stands for:

  • 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)

As you progress through your goal-setting exercise, take the necessary time to reflect, evaluate and adjust as you go along. Things will happen in your life during the goal-setting period that will act as obstacles. You should expect this and plan for it. How you work your way through it will say more about your motivation that the trouble you encounter.

What goal-setting truly takes is commitment. Think of examples in your life where you have committed to something successfully. Perhaps it’s your marriage. Perhaps it’s your career to date. Perhaps it’s your child-rearing skills. Take the same focus you’ve used to get to this point and aim for the higher goal of becoming your own boss, and in charge of your own future. If you’ve done it before, you can do it again.

You know how the season of spring also seems to bring about a real and palpable restlessness? This year, do something about it!

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Mar 19, 2018