Slow yet SMART beginnings

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The Entropia remodel is well underway but the blogging is coming along at a much slower pace. Isn’t that the case with a lot of things in our lives? We set goals, yet implementation does not always immediately follow–if ever at all. If we are not careful, the slow activity will become no activity and the end result is yet another missed opportunity. That’s not good for your personal esteem or your business success.

How many of you have set goals for yourself? How many have actually written those goals down somewhere? Chances are that if you’ve not put your goal to paper, then it might end up being just another good idea. Documenting your goals does two main things. First, it makes you accountable. Secondly, by writing it down, you can periodically review it and monitor your progress.

One of the most important things that we can do for ourselves is to set a goal. Goal setting has been said to be crucial to a successful life—yet many of us neglect to make concerted efforts to establish any measurable or definable goals. Sure, we all have those consequential goals of completing our tax filings before the deadline, exercising at least 3 days a week, or saving money for that winter vacation. Those are all fine, well and dandy, but what about those goals that we should be setting for ourselves that will ultimately direct our paths, or will dictate our future…those career and life goals?

Have you ever asked yourself why you are not accomplishing the goals you set out? Perhaps you have great ideas and the best of intentions, but you just don’t know what to do to get started. It can become quite discouraging to continuously set goals and never see them accomplished, but the solution is a lot easier than you may think. SEEK HELP! I know that seems really elementary, but the fact remains that most people do not ask for help when they are facing a challenge or road block. The help does not always have to come from a person, but a quick visit to the internet may be just the answer you need. However, I don’t recommend that you rely solely on web resources, but it is a definite start in the right direction. It can help you to form the questions you need to ask a live person.

One of the reasons that my first blog entry has not been registered is because I wasn’t sure what to write. I had to decide if I wanted the blog to be purely subject matter focused, or if I would follow the entropy theme and be fairly random with topics of current interest. I knew that if I didn’t do something soon, I stood the chance of failing at my blog goal. So what did I do? I sought help. I sought the help of Google to search for similar blogs and their content. I sought the help of my webmaster to make sure that what I wanted to do was actually feasible. I sought input from my friends and family to make sure that the content that I chose would be worth reading and so they would hold me accountable for actually getting it done. (You always need to have people in your life who are brutally honest!)

A lot of times people feel that asking for help is a sign of weakness or that in order to be regarded as successful, you have to do everything on our own. Thank goodness that has never been my mindset! I believe in asking questions…and lots of them. So much so, that one of my nicknames is ‘Quizzy Qualls’. I don’t know all the answers, nor do I ever want to know all the answers. Not knowing gives an opportunity to learn, and as long as you are learning, you will continue to improve and grow.

Yay, my first blog entry is now complete. It’s not just a check from my to do list, it’s an accomplished SMART goal! What’s a SMART goal? Glad you asked. It’s our first learning opportunity on Entropia’s blog. Whether you are a student, professional, or even a parent, always make sure that your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

Have you been setting SMART goals? Do you want to make them SMARTER? Drop me a line at info@entropiaconsulting.com to learn how!

 

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