How to succeed in your New Years’ Resolutions by being ‘SMART’
With a New Year often comes a state of mind where many people feel they have a good opportunity to make some much needed changes in their lives. New Years’ Resolutions sometimes surround a lifestyle change, such as to be healthier or to lose weight. They sometimes surround activities, such as spending more time with loved ones and friends or learning a new skill.
Despite our best intentions, according to Statistic Brain, only 8% of those who set New Years’ Resolutions are successful in achieving their resolution.
I wonder if so few people achieve their resolutions because many set resolutions that are either too great a task to achieve or because their goals are not SMART (that is, they are not Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely).
If you are someone who is setting a New Years’ Resolution, try making your resolution a SMART goal instead and consider the following when setting your resolution:
Specific: What is it that you want to achieve? If your resolution is to be healthier, for example, what does this mean to you? Does this mean attending the gym a certain number of times a week? Does it mean walking a certain number of steps each day? Being more specific can help to focus your resolution so that you know exactly what your goal is.
Measurable: When will you know if you have achieved your goal? Or how will you know if you have achieved it? How are you measuring achievement of your goal?
Achievable: Is your goal within your limits? Or do you need to set and achieve some short-term goals first?
Realistic: If your goal is to be healthier by going to the gym every day before and after work, for example, this resolution might be specific and measurable, but it possibly isn’t achievable or realistic if you have a busy lifestyle and lots of commitments. You might also be more likely to give up on your resolution if it feels too big to achieve and unrealistic. Try having a more realistic goal instead and you’ll be more likely to succeed.
Timely: Rather than having one long-term resolution, why not break it down into smaller short-term goals that you will achieve by a certain date. Also think about if you’re giving yourself enough time to achieve your goal.
Whatever your resolution, I hope that 2017 brings you health and wellbeing. Happy New Year.