Resolutions, as I briefly mentioned back in January, are related to, but different from, goals. An easy way to differentiate between the two is to think of resolutions as wishes and goals as plans. And while the ultimate goal of veganism is animal liberation (or is that more of a resolution?), every vegan has (or should have) their own set of goals towards achieving this. So why not make those goals SMART or even SMARTER?
I'll stick with the SMART acronym for now (although I like the idea of also making goals E = enjoyable and R = rewarding), and for the purposes of this post it stands for:
S = specific, M = measurable, A = achievable, R = realistic, and T = time-based.
For example, let's say that I want to work on one of my original goals from 2011 and blog more frequently. Using the SMART method, I could state this goal as follows:
Starting in April of 2012, I will post on my blog a minimum of 1-2 times weekly.
This goal would now be specific, measurable, achievable (if the prolific James McWilliams--excellent blogger and writer by the way--can pump out a post daily, surely I can do it at least once a week?), realistic, time-based, and hopefully also enjoyable and rewarding. Now I realize that my little blog won't do much for animal liberation overall, but I think this SMART method is great for accomplishing all sorts of vegan goals e.g., increasing the distribution of vegan literature, trying other methods of outreach, deciding what and how many organizations to support financially, and any number of other vegan objectives.
Remember all the things I wanted to see more of in my veganpreneur post? Well, someone asked if I had tried any of those ideas yet, and as I would love to edit a vegan anthology one day, perhaps I'll make that one of my future goals. So what about you? What would you like to be SMARTER about? :)