Need help sticking to your New Year’s Resolution? Turn your Resolution into a SMART Goal!
We are officially a full month into 2018 which means many of us are finding it difficult to keep our New Year’s Resolution. In this post, I will explain why most New Year’s Resolutions fail and what we can do to make sure we succeed.
New Year’s Resolutions turn into a wish for many of us, an unattainable goal that will always be in the distance. We are quick to choose a resolution with very little research. A resolution is a firm decision to change your life! It is NOT to be chosen lightly.
When deciding on a resolution, we might have every intention to follow through, but we lack a plan. Deciding to do something is NOT good enough. That’s why we need to treat our Resolution as a SMART goal. By choosing a goal that is SMART, we are guaranteeing that it has merit in the real world.
For those of you who are new to SMART goals, SMART is an Acronym: S-Specific, M-Measurable, A-Attainable, R-Relevant, T-Timebound.
Once we see that a goal is attainable, we can create a plan, or a road map, to get us to the finish line. Having a visual plan laid out before us makes it a lot easier to get to where we need to go.
Would you ever try to get to the other side of the country without a map or a GPS? You might know the general direction and the major highways, but you will never make it there without one of those tools. You would become so frustrated you would turn around and come home. Asking someone for directions might seem like a good idea, but they won’t be able to get you all the way there unless they have a roadmap of their own. So, having a PLAN is 100% ESSENTIAL!!
How to choose Goals & New Year’s Resolutions you will keep:
- What is your passion? What have you always wanted to learn? Ask yourself some thoughtful questions and gain insight from your answers.
- Search for knowledge by reading, taking courses and listening to podcasts. I have taken some free online courses and read a few books in the past two months that have helped form my vision for the future. Hearing someone speak their truth will give you hope for the future and will help you decide what you want out of life.
Create SMART Goals:
- Once you find the inspiration, you can use it to help you determine your SMART goals. Create goals that fall in line with the acronym SMART.
- Identify the importance of these goals. Order them by which one you need to accomplish first.
- Write down your SMART goals and place them somewhere visible so you can easily see them every day.
Breakdown Large Smart Goals
- A Large goal may seem scary, but if we break it down into smaller more manageable goals, we will be able to identify the progress we are making.
Construct a Roadmap: SMART, HOW
- Create a Roadmap for each goal. A roadmap is a documented plan on how you will accomplish your SMART goals. This is where you will write how you will get from Point A to point B and beyond.
- When choosing your SMART goals, your roadmap will have already been developing in your head because you will have already determined if the goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.
- HOW is an acronym I created to help you build a roadmap to support your SMART Goal.
- Have a Schedule: Try to do specific things at the same time every day or on the same day every week. Utilizing a planner daily will help you create a schedule that will keep you on track. Write down everything in the planner that you need to get done during the day, week & month and have all that information in one place. If for some reason there is not enough time you can choose the least important tasks to dismiss for that day/week.
- Organize: Organization is critical if you want to accomplish your goals. Staying organized in all aspects of your life will save you time and keep your head focused on what you need to get done. Utilizing a planner and a calendar will help keep you organized.
- Write everything down: It doesn’t matter how your roadmap looks. If you are creative, try making a Bullet Journal where you can write your SMART goals and HOW’s.
- Focus on one goal at a time. One goal needs to be identified as the priority so that when things get tough, you know which ones can be on the back burner and which one requires your immediate attention.
- Find an accountability pattern, coach or group. Support from others is necessary for achieving your goals. If you cannot find help from your family or friends, try looking elsewhere. There are Support coaches and groups that can give you the motivation you need. Knowing that you are not alone can help push you forward when you feel like you cannot go anymore.
- If you are trying to lose weight, I have created a Free FB Weight Loss Encouragement Group for Women. I would love to have you join my FB community where we support each other on our weight loss journey. Click this link to Join the Weight Loss Encouragement Group!