How to achieve your New Year’s Resolution as funding expert by being SMART

Most of us consider New Year as a new window of opportunity to change our way of own thoughts and actions and we have our resolution during the first days of New Year. For most of the people, it works as follows: We think what we want to change and we just set it as our aim for the new year. However such approach doesn’t work in most of the cases since it is not SMART!. This means that our New Year’s resolution goals should work only if these goals are

  1. Specific (clearly and easily identifiable and described at the deepest possible level of detail)
  2. Measurable (they are characterised by specific success indicators so that they can be judged easily even by externals whether they have been fulfilled)
  3. Achievable (so that someone with the specific resources and expertise can implement them)
  4. Realistic (i.e. we can implement them with our expertise and  resources)
  5. Time bound (they have specific deadlines to be implemented, i.e. by end of 2018 the latest!)

Based on the above, see the video below on how to implement successfully your own New Year’s resolution and achieve mastery as funding expert.

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Nikolaos Floratos

About Nikolaos Floratos

Nikolaos Floratos after his undergraduate and postgraduate studies with distinction as engineer in London (Imperial College, City University), UK, has been working for a number of consultancy and Information Technology companies as consultant and project manager across Europe. He completed also an MBA (Master in Business Administration - National Technical University of Athens and Athens University of Economics and Business) and the last 19 years he is involved in planning, managing and evaluating large and small projects in the area of research, education, ICT (Information Communication Technologies), social inclusion, entrepreneurship, standardization and consumer issues. As a funding expert, personal trainer and coach, he has supported hundreds of individuals and organisations mainly from Europe but also from all over the world on managing state funding (e.g. from European Commission, National Funds, etc) and receive support for deploying their business idea or mission and he has proved that anyone can become a great proposal writer or project manager of european funded projects through proper guidance, training and coaching. He is an expert on behalf of the European Commission on evaluating and reviewing projects and proposals since 2003 and currently, he researches through a PhD how eLearning courses can increase students' engagement and motivation. He is the creator of the Funding Expert Transfomation Process™ system that can transform anyone to a great proposal writer and project manager of european funded projects. He is also interested in investing in highly innovative start-ups and SMEs and he is member of the European Business Angel Network and of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He has received more than 50 recommendations at his linkedin profile ( as a funding expert, coach and trainer. He is also the author of the ebook "Who are the Horizon 2020 champions and what to learn from them". He is also listed in the top first three search results by google as "Funding expert".