It’s that time of the year again when we all seem to love making New Year Resolutions! I love the idea of improving myself but I am not so excited when it comes to the work involved. Apparently I am not the only one. According to a study done by the time management group Franklin Covey,
Four out of five people who make New Year’s resolutions tonight will eventually break them. In fact, a third won’t even make it to the end of January.
So how do we get to the point where we make and keep our New Year Resolutions?
In my exercise class the instructor gave us a handout titled “What are S.M.A.R.T Goals?” I am going to share with you what the handout said because I think it will help me and you with keeping our New Years Resolutions.
What are S.M.A.R.T. goals?
These are Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound goals.
Specific: What are you trying to achieve? Why? How long to achieve this goal? How are you going to do it?
Measureable: Choose a goal with measurable progress (pounds, inches, etc.) so you can see change, overcome setbacks, keep on track and stick to your goal.
Attainable: You ensure that your goal is attainable by considering resources, time available, equipment, professional help. Set your goal as a challenge, but not too far out or too short, so you can succeed.
Realistic: Ideally, you may want to return to your high school weight, but you know losing 30 pounds might be unrealistic. You know that 10 lbs. lighter you’ll feel much better and more easily fit into your favorite pair of jeans.
Time-bound: Set specific start and finish dates to stay focused. Set interim dates for measurements to check on your progress. Set up a reward system for milestones: things like a massage, a movie, new workout shoes or clothes or whatever makes you motivated and happy.
How much weight?
How many inches?
Attainable: What do I need to do to succeed
This year I am going to try making my New Years Resolutions following the S.M.A.R.T. goal ideas. Hopefully they will help me make and KEEP my resolutions.
Here is a yummy recipe that can help you on your way to keeping a healthy eating goal if you’ve made one! It is one of my favorite fish recipes!
There are so many good articles about New Years Resolutions and keeping and making goals. Here are a few that you might find interesting:
Sources and other articles to help you make the most of your New Year Resolutions:
Will Your Resolutions Last Until February
How To Make and Keep a New Year’s Resolution
Sustainable Resolutions For Your Diet
The Expert’s Guide to Making and Keeping Your New Years Resolution
Make and Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions. With Help From Science
50 New Year’s Resolution Ideas and How To Achieve Each of Them