Many people look to the new year as a fresh start and may set a few New Year’s resolutions. This might happen in a small percentage of people these days, but an even smaller percentage will actually keep theirs. With 2017 just being a few days down, I’m sure there are already resolutions being broken. Here’s a post on how to keep your resolutions on track – by setting SMART goals instead.
SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. Common resolutions include “losing weight” or “getting fit”, but these will be nothing more than great ideas without an action plan in place to help achieve them.
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If possible, before you read ahead, grab a pen and some paper and write down a few goals you wish to accomplish. This will make them seem more real. Put them up somewhere so you can see them every day to help reinforce your motivation to change. Having them written down will also make achieving them a less overwhelming and a less frustrating process. Under each goal, have a plan laid out to accomplish it – this will help you stay focused, keep you on track and ensure success.
So what does a SMART goal look like?
“I am going to lose 10 kg’s with a goal of losing ½ to 1 kg per week for the next 3 months by remembering fruit and vegetables as my afternoon and evening snacks and exercising for 50 minutes after work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.” You could probably go one step further and specify which fruit and veg you plan to eat as a snack.
Remember that change is a process and you are only human. Don’t beat yourself up over setbacks. Stay POSITIVE and try figure out why you slipped up and what you can do to stop it from happening again.
Be flexible – if you need to make a few tweaks to your plan it’s okay! As long as it is doable and achievable for you. Making big changes alone can be daunting – get someone else involved and have a support system in place.
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