HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s 2016! Time for change, time to start anew, time to set goals…and achieve them!
You don’t want to be the person that a) doesn’t set a resolution or goal for yourself or b) set a super tough resolution that you end up breaking 4 days into the new year [hence the reason I’m writing this post on January 4th]
What I learned growing up, in school, in athletics, in sport psychology, in teaching and in coaching is to set SMART goals for yourself.
S – specific – what exactly are you trying to achieve?
A more toned physique? A fatter savings fund? A stronger relationship with loved ones? A greater spiritual connection? A mindful, present, and positive journey? All of the above?
Set specific resolutions in the areas of your life that you want strengthened and improved.
M – meaningful – why is this goal important to you?
When you attach emotion to your resolutions and goals, they become a “passionate want, thereby creating a much higher likelihood of achieving your meaningful goal” (Tabaka, 2013).
Write out your resolution or create a vision board for your goals. The more passionate you are about your goals, the more driven you will be to achieve them.
A – action oriented – what are the steps that you’re going to take to reach this goal?
Write it down! Start a gratitude journal to stay present, positive, and thankful. Keep a fitness log or calendar of your physical achievements each day and feel the pull to keep consistent with your resolution. Don’t break the chain!
Pack a fitness bag to bring to work. Meal prep. Set alarms on your phone to get you off the couch and into class, mass, off your HEY NOW.
R – realistic – how do you know that you can achieve this goal?
Is your resolution a reasonable one? If your resolution is a specific number in weight loss, is it an unhealthy amount of weight to try and lose in 1 year? Have you consulted your doctor about this goal?
Did you set a goal to to travel more, but your finances or vacation days are limited?
Is your goal to organize your life, but you live in a large home with years of saved memories and paraphernalia?
Set smaller goals that work up to your ultimate resolution and you will be successful!
T – timely – when do you want to achieve this goal?
Are your resolutions meant to be completed daily? Weekly? Monthly? Yearly? Calendars, logs, and journals can help keep you on track to reach your goals.
Some ideas for fun, attainable, heart-warming resolutions:
Good luck, be SMART, and enjoy every moment of 2016!
Wishing you much success,