New Year’s Resolutions and Goal Setting

It’s January 1st of a new year and you have decided that this is the year you focus on your personal health and wellness. Your goal is to: lose 20, 30, or 50+ pounds; focus on mental wellness; or train to run a marathon. No matter your goal or goals, it is important to start off tackling them in a way that will lead to success. This is a post that will outline how to approach your goals, even if it is a long-term goal that seems daunting at first glance. No time to waste, let’s get started!

When you decide to take on your biggest goals, there are two main things that are important: 1.) set SMART goals and 2.) know your why?. Let’s dive into the latter.

Knowing your WHY is the first step in your journey.

“What is your why?’ This is a phrase you may have heard once or twice in your life. So what does it really mean? To me successfully in any aspect of your life, you must understand why you desire to achieve that particular goal. If you have every been interviewed for a job, it is likely you’ve been asked “why do you want this position?” or something on those lines. How you reply to the question, will essentially determine if you will be successful in receiving a job offer. You can reply with “I just need to pay my bills,” OR you can respond with “I believe this position will allow me to bring my unique attributes to this great organization to increase sales while positively contributing to the work culture.”

Both answers may be honest and true, but the second response may get you further in being successful in obtaining your goal of landing the job.

This same approach is needed when analyzing your why for your New Year’s Resolution, specifically surrounding your wellness. Yes, you want to lose 10 pounds but why? Is it to prepare for a specific event or is to fit into those jeans that I’ve fit for 2 years? Will losing 20 pounds allow you to climb the stairs more easily at home or maybe lower those numbers on your next physical lab results. Training for a 10K or marathon race: is it to see how you can push your body and change over the process or is it to receive a medal and that all important recovery banana at the end of the race?

The more details you can include in diving deep into your why, the more information you have at hand, even before you start your journey.

Be S.M.A.R.T.

Now that you know your why, what do you do now? It is time to start striving to achieve goal. The best way to approach your goals? The SMART way! SMART is an acronym used to set goals that lead to powerful results. SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound. (This method can be used in all walks of live too!)

Specific Goals

Your goal should be clear and concise. Goals that are well defined. Avoid generalized or vague goals that aren’t helpful is providing direction. More specific the goal is, the easier to see the path that needs to be follow for successful.

Measurable Goals

Goals outlined with precise dates, amounts or other steppingstones will assist in measuring your success. If your goal is simply “Lose 20 pounds”, listing out actual measurable actions is beneficial. Goals such as: do not drink sodas drink; eat salads; or exercise; can be replaced with: drink 100oz of water each day; eat 6 servings of vegetables; or walking for 30 minutes 4 times a week. Whatever these steps look like for your journey, make them measurable so each time you can check it off and acknowledge the progress.

Attainable Goals

Make goals that are attainable. Losing 30 lbs in 30 days or going from couch to marathoner in 30 days may be achieved but is it truly feasible and sustainable? Is your body going to hate you after a rigorous 30 days? If you fall short, will it be demoralizing and crumble your confidence? This isn’t to say your goals should be set too easy either. Obtaining a goal that was not tough to achieve is anticlimactic and can lead a person to avoid setting more challenging goals in the future. Challenging, realistic goals is route to improve yourself, raise the bar and gain personal satisfaction.

Relevant Goals

Avoid goals that are widely scattered and inconsistent. Your goals should be relevant to the desire direction you want to take your life (or career, for that matter). Wherever you see yourself, your goals should be aligned to get you there. Without relevant goals, you will squander your time away.

Time-Bound Goals

Goals should be on a deadline. Going back to the original example goal of losing 20 lbs. A timeline and a deadline should be outlined. Maybe a mini goal can be lose 5 lbs in two weeks and an overall goal of 20 lbs in 2 months. A deadline will provide the sense of urgency needed to maintain the course. Once you have your SMART goals analyzed, the next steps are simple: journal or write out your SMART goals, make an action plan and stick with it! Goal setting is the first step of achieving success in your desires in the New Year. It’s January 1st and it is time to make this year, YOUR YEAR!! Let’s go!

What’s Next?

Once you have your SMART goals analyzed, the next steps are simple: journal or write out your SMART goals, make an action plan and stick with it! Goal setting is the first step of achieving success in your desires in the New Year. It’s January 1st and it is time to make this year, YOUR YEAR!! Let’s go!

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