Top Google Searches for New Years goals

 In Goal Setting, leadership, personal growth

If you set goals for this year, there’s a good chance that they will will fall into one of these categories: health, finances, relationships or job/business.  How do I know?  Aside from the fact that I spend a lot of time talking with people about their goals, here are the top searches on Google for New Year Goals:

  1. “Get Healthy” – over 62 million searches
  2. “Get Organized” – over 33 million searches
  3. “Live Life to the Fullest” – nearly 19 million searches
  4. “Learn New Hobbies” – over 17 million searches
  5. “Spend Less/Save More” – nearly 16 million searches
  6. “Travel” – nearly 6 million searches
  7. “Read More” – over 4 million searches

I can also predict that none of the above topics are going to turn into successful goals, at least not the way they are worded now.  I’m not trying to discourage you, but if your goal is to get healthy, save more money or read more, you are setting yourself up for failure right out of the starting gate. Why? Because goals those aren’t SMART goals.  Before you take offense, let me share with you what is a SMART goal;

Exercise at least 30 minutes four days a week.

Read one fiction and one non-fiction book a month.  

Create a a budget and save at least $100 a month.  

See what I mean?  Those google searches are more of a wish list than a Smart goal.  SMART goals are:

S-specific

M-measurable

A-attainable

R-realistic

T-time based

When I work with clients around their goals we always look at how we can make them SMARTER because the missing piece is that you have to establish new habits through an action plan.  Once you are following that action plan then you want to periodically:

E-evaluate

R-review

Evaluate and review the plan to make sure it is getting the desired results. If you aren’t getting the results that you want then you need to change your plan, not give up on the goal.

 

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