It’s that time of year! With a new year upon us comes new year resolutions. Did you know that only 8% of people who make a New Years resolution stick to it? Often this can be because the goal is too vague, too broad, or there are simply too many goals to keep up with. The key to making a goal is making it SMART! (No not you being smart… even though you all are 😉 ).
SMART Goals stand for the following:
S = SPECIFIC: Make your goals specific and focus on one goal at a time.
For example: My goal is to get in shape. But what is in shape for you? A better way to reframe it would be, I am going to lose 10 pounds.
M = MEASURABLE: How will you know when you have achieved your goal? Your goal must be quantifiable and give you the ability to track your progress.
For example: I am going to go to the gym more. What is more? How will you know when you are going ‘more’? A better way to reframe it would be, I am going to go to the gym 3 times a week for the next month.
A = ACHIEVABLE: Is your goal realistic? Is it something that you can actually achieve?
For example: I am going to lose 30 pounds. Maybe you are recovering from a sickness and losing 30 pounds isn’t achievable for you right now. Let’s start smaller, and reframe the goal as: I am going to lose 5 pounds this month.
R = RELEVANT: Is the goal worthwhile? Is it consistent with other goals you would like to achieve?
For example: If my other goal is to run 5 km by June 1st, then losing 5 pounds could be relevant. However, if your other goal is to get a job you have been eyeing up, then losing 5 pounds isn’t really relevant.
T = TIMELY: When do you want to accomplish it by? When you have a set date it creates a higher likelihood that you will work towards it.
For example: I am going to lose 5 pounds. By when? Reframe it as, I am going to lose 5 pounds before March 1, 2018.
Try out this template to lay out your New Years resolutions!
Credit for template: http://templatelab.com/smart-goals/