Making SMART goals is the key to success, so you can apply this same concept to your New Year’s Resolutions. What does SMART stand for?
Specific. Clearly spell out your resolutions and be as specific as possible. Instead of saying, “I want to lose weight”, you should say, “I want to lose 15lbs. by exercising at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week”. When you are specific with your goals, you are more likely to achieve them.
Measurable. You need to be able to track your progress. Will you use a calendar, a journal, a personal trainer? Once you decide on how you will measure your goal and track your progress, adhere to your system and continue to use it as you get closer to achieving your resolution.
Attainable. You want to set yourself up for success by starting off small. If your resolution is to walk 60 minutes a day, 3 days a week and you live a sedentary lifestyle, you don’t want to go out and walk for 60 minutes on day 1! Start off small and slowly build your way up.
Realistic. Even though you have a resolution you want to achieve, you have to evaluate if you are REALLY ready to put in the work to achieve it. You have to put things into perspective and think about the steps it will take to get you to where you want to be and if you’re willing to take those steps.
Timely. Choosing a deadline is an essential component when making a New Year’s resolution. Are you going to give yourself 3 months, 6 months or a year to achieve your resolution? Whatever time frame you choose, make sure it is realistic to ensure you will make progress and achieve your resolution!