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Making the Most of Your 2021 Goals

 by Amber Roberts, Extension Educator

Over 164 million Americans made New Year's resolutions for 2021. By February only 25 percent of those who set resolutions will still be working towards their goal and fewer will actually accomplish their resolution. How can you make the most of your goals for the new year?

Start by setting SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that can guide you to craft concise and realistic goals. SMART stands for:
  • S - Specific
  • M - Measurable
  • A - Achievable
  • R - Relevant
  • T - Timely 
Using the SMART goal format can help to provide more specificity to your goals. According to Extension Educator Megan Roberts, SMART goals can help you recognize "where are you right now, where you want to go, and is that identifiable."

Start with your long-term goals and break them down into small chunks. What are the small steps that you can take now to accomplish your big goal? By breaking down major goals into a series of smaller steps, you create a roadmap to success, and accomplishing the smaller beginning goals can help to catalyze progress towards accomplishing your long-term goal. 

Put your goals down in writing! Writing your goals on a piece of paper increases the likelihood of accomplishing your 1100%. 

Dream big and set bigger goals. “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” - Greg Reid. Don't forget to set big goals, because women in agriculture are driven to get their goals done!

Learn more about SMART goals and goal setting with Extension Educator Megan Roberts in the Transition Thursday: Goal Setting Webinar.

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