I was catching up on my blog reading today – I had a veritable avalanche of unread posts on my Google Reader – and ran across many of my blogging pals, including San Francisco Mom of One, who have been articulating their goals or resolutions.
If I see last year as wildly successful on the New Year’s resolution front that is perhaps because I have been know to define wildly successful as "continuing to a)remember and b)act on my resolution into the month of December." Additionally, I think last year was successful because, despite the fact that my resolution was by any measure abstract, I came up with a very specific and concrete way to practice it. Almost every Tuesday. Right here on TEOM? Clever, no?
As my brother Bear said when I told him I was going to marry my Mate, "I knew you were smart, but I didn’t think you were that smart."
Speaking of SMART, Peter Drucker, many years ago came up with the acronym to describe objectives with the most likelihood of being achieved. SMART stands for:
I’m not going to trade in my thematic, overarching goal of taking more risks just because it fails to meet three of the five requirements of SMART (my daily writing and yoga do however and are blushing right this very minute). Buuuut, I have really enjoyed being a successful fulfiller of a New Year’s Resolution and would like to continue to claim that title as part of my persona.
So, because it is way too risky to do today, I am going to promise to return tomorrow and try to answer the question: what would it mean to make "Take more risks" specific?
How about you? Are your goals, intentions and resolutions SMART?