It seems every single year we do this thing called a “New Year’s Resolution”. We set a goal for ourselves, such as going to the gym regularly, and we hope that we’ll be able to pull through and have that summer-ready physique. However, if you are like me and many others, you may have a bit of trouble reaching these goals or sticking to your plan. I wanted to outline a few tips for you to try this year, so you can finally hit those targets and be a new you!
Alright so first of all, I think the first thing you need to know while you’re still shifting gears into 2017 is that you need to define what you want to achieve. This means setting only a few important goals and not creating a massive to-do list of different things. Focus is key. Prioritize the things you really want to improve. For example you may want to start studying for 2 hours a day, write your first book, learn to cook, or maybe you want to start a business. All of these things are great, but you must choose only one or two that you really want to work on. Later in the year you can reach those other goals too, but for this exercise, let’s focus on a single one and learn the process of goal setting and execution. Good? Great. Now let’s say you have defined that one thing you want to change or do. The next step is to set a SMART goal. What is a smart goal?
A SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant/Realistic, and Timely.
You’re probably thinking “Alright, you have a clever acronym… so what now?” Well, let’s actually learn how to make a simple SMART goal. I’ll walk you through it. Let’s take a classic example: “I will lose weight this year”. Aha! Great goal right? WRONG! Please try again. Instead of that very general and vague goal, try something like this: “I will lose 10 pounds within the first 2 months of this year”. This goal is specific and measurable because I indicated that I would lose a certain amount of weight: 10 pounds. I also specified when I would reach this goal: within 2 months. It is attainable and realistic in my eyes, because i believe it is possible to do and I have seen other people attain this goal within this time frame. Lastly, this goal is timely because I set it for the first 2 months which is, in my opinion, the best time for me to lose weight (especially after the holiday eating splurges).
See? It’s very easy to set SMART goals. You can do this with just about anything. These kind of goals hold you accountable because there is a time limit as well as a measurable outcome. Share your goals with your loved ones. Get them involved in supporting your resolution and goals for the year. If you’re into social media, make a post about it! If not, just tell your family and best friends. They will be your cheering squad and support you when you need it the most... like when you’re about to reach for that bag of chips.
Well I hope this helped you out a little bit as you make your 2017 resolutions. There is tons more to talk about when it comes to this stuff, so I'll definitely be writing about it again (send me some of your best tips too!). It’s definitely tough breaking old habits and hitting personal targets, but with the right goals and support systems, many of your goals will be attainable. Let 2017 be a great year, and do yourself some good by making a better you.
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