SMART goals: The better way to Resolution
It’s a brand new year and I am BACK! With the start of 2018, I figured it would be a good time to discuss New Year’s resolutions a bit, as well as how to keep it SMART when it comes to creating a resolution in which you can actually be successful.
Not everyone has the same experience with resolutions, however it typically goes something like this:
January 1st rolls around and you’re super gung-ho on your new goal for the year. You go hard for a few months or so and then…nothing. You lack the same motivation and it’s like your goal was completely erased from your mind. So, the following year, you have the same exact resolution. Sound familiar?
It does NOT have to be that way! In fact, I’m not a huge fan of resolutions for two reasons. First of all, most of the time, people choose a goal that should be part of their lifestyle. For example, eating more vegetables, working out, or flossing/washing their face everyday. These are things that we should work towards doing every day of every year (I personally need to work on the flossing!)
And my second reason: we tend to choose goals that are not measurable or specific enough. “I want to be healthier,” “I want to lose weight,” “I want to tone up,” and the list goes on and on. By making a goal that is not measurable, you are automatically setting yourself up for failure because (if you’re like most humans) nothing is going to be good enough for you.
So, here’s my tip as you begin the new year:
Use SMART goals instead of a resolution
Here’s the thing, having one goal for the entire year can be a lofty task. This is why I recommend using SMART goals–once one is finished, you can set another one and feel like a success NOT like a failure.
A popular example of a New Year’s SMART goal would be something like this:
S-I would like to lose 15 pounds.
M-I will know that I have lost 15 pounds by weighing myself on the same scale each week, once per week.
R-I am about 50 pounds overweight, so losing 15 pounds is a realistic goal for me. (Baby steps, so you don’t get discouraged!)
T– I know that approximately the most weight I can lose each week is 2 pounds, so if I plan to lose 1 pound a week, I will plan to have my goal end in 4 months.
A Way SMARTer Resolution
See how much more specific that is than “I want to be healthier?” SMART goals also require you to think of a plan for your goal rather than just coming up with a goal. You need to think of how it is measurable, how you can achieve it or put it into action, and lastly, put a time frame on it (accountability, anyone?)
One of my goals for this upcoming year is to share more content with you guys, so if you have a health/fitness related goal–I am here to support you every step of the way! I would love to hear your SMART goal “resolution” for the upcoming year below in the comments.
Here are some great articles to help you get started on your way to a healthier, happier you:
Happy New Year!