Happy New Year all!
It’s that time of year again to make resolutions to better ourselves. Many of us want to better ourselves by losing weight, getting fit, or eating healthier. Ultimately most of our resolutions mean we are changing something about ourselves or a specific behavior. Poor planning, lack of measurability, and setting the bar too high can hinder your results. Using this SMART acronym could help you conquer your New Year’s resolution before the year is over!
S – Specific
When establishing a goal, make sure it’s specific and crystal clear. Ask yourself what behavior do you want to change? Why is this change important to you? What tools or resources do you need to succeed?
Example- A typical New Year’s resolution–to lose weight. A more specific weight loss goal would be to lose 30 lbs by means of eating healthier and exercise.
M – Measure
Tracking your progress is essential to staying motivated and focused. Setting a deadline to achieve your goal will light a fire underneath you to get you moving in the right direction. Your timeframe could be days, months, or even years to achieve. Break up your big goal into smaller goals or details. What kind small changes do you need to do everyday and how often do you need to do them to reach your overall goal? Remember slow and steady wins the race!
Example- Little details (how)=Exercise 3 times/week & eat 3 fruits and vegetables everyday
A – Achieveable
Don’t set yourself up for failure. Your goal should motivate you, but not overwhelm you. Set a resolution that you can control and own.
R – Relevant
Another question to ask yourself is this a good time to reach my goal? Since goals take time, effort, and most often, money. Do you have all of these essential components to succeed? Are you considering all the factors that could hinder your progress? How will you overcome them?
T – Time Oriented
Determine a final deadline for your goal. Make a mental note or write it down on a calendar.
- Make room for mistakes. You’re human. Life isn’t perfect and things get in the way.
- If you didn’t reach your goal in the timeframe you set, revaluate the obstacles that impeded your success and TRY AGAIN! Don’t give up!
- Don’t be afraid to consult a professional to help you reach your New Year’s resolutions. For example, if you want to get healthier and lose weight, try setting up an appointment with a registered dietitian or personal trainer for exercise tips. Or become more organized, hire a professional organizer.