Amp Up Your New Years Resolutions With BAAM

Dated: 01/10/2017

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Goals without a blueprint to achieve them are nothing more than dreams. That's exactly what most New Year's Resolutions are: aspirations without a plan, destined to be abandoned within a few weeks. Make this year's ambitions more achievable by applying the BAAM method of goal setting.


A set of goals you're sure to achieve is just a glorified task list. This year, step outside of your comfort zone and throw down a big objective that you will have to stretch yourself to achieve. If your goals don't scare you a little, then they are too small. You will know they are big enough when people say you can't achieve them.


Make sure your actions -- or the actions of others over whom you have authority -- can produce the desired result. If your objective requires a lucky break or divine intervention for it to be achieved, you should rethink it. When it's bold enough, your goal will absolutely require massive, focused action. Don't confuse your unwillingness to put in the necessary work with your goal being unreachable.


Lack of accountability is one of the biggest reasons why most New Year's Resolutions fail. Once the excitement of setting your goals wears off, what or who will keep you on track? Achieving your objective is much more about the mundane daily grind than it is about your grandiose proclamations of what you plan to accomplish. Put internal and external accountability measures in place. Give them teeth to keep you going when you're weary.


Vague objectives like, "be the best salesperson," are difficult to measure, and lead to slacking off. Set a clear goal where it will be obvious whether or not you achieved it. Then come up with benchmarks to measure your progress along the way. It's okay if you come up short of your aspirations, but it's definitely not okay to lie to yourself and make excuses about why you fell short.

In Goal Setting, Less is More

You cannot change your whole life in one goal-setting session. Focus on no more than four key areas where you want to achieve significant change and set your overriding goals there. I recommend attacking one main objective for each of the following areas in your life:

  • Personal

  • Professional

  • Relationship

  • Spiritual

In each area, use the BAAM method to come up with your measurable objective. Write it down. Break down the steps to get there. Then, reduce it down to daily or weekly action you must take to achieve the goal. Figure out how you’re going to take that action. What are you going to change? Remember, if you want to achieve something you’ve never done before, you will have to do things you’ve never done before.

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Joe Hafner

Joe Hafner has been active in real estate for two decades as an agent, investor, coach, consultant, and team leader. As the Managing Broker at Elam Real Estate, Joe is responsible for building and ref....

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