Sunday, September 20, 2015

Setting Goals as the Seasons Change

I love this time of year when there is the slightest hint of autumn in the air. The egrets always know when fall is on the way. We live in the country and watching them fly over every morning, wave after wave, always signals the change of seasons.

It's around this time of year that my thoughts turn to goals for the upcoming year with the usual number is five. S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely goals. This is something I have been doing every fall for several years and it has made all the difference. Something else I usually do is keep them to myself. Why? Because they are personal and I guard them zealously. Some people are more successful when making themselves accountable to others, either a close friend or members of their tribe. Perhaps because I am an introvert, keeping them to myself works best for me. I came across the following article by Philip Pape while writing mine.