A new year is here and it’s time to set some goals. Many people make a bunch of promises to themselves around this time of year that never come to fruition. It’s not because their intentions were not good. It’s simply because it was more a list of ‘hopes’ than goals that were thought out and planned.
Now you are thinking, what’s the difference between making a resolution and a goal? A resolution can be defined as a statement or decision to do or not do something. While a goal is based on action, effort, and a desired result.
Are you ready to create some new wellness goals for the year ahead?
Do you promise yourself each year to eat more fresh, nutritious foods? Perhaps lose a few pounds or participate in an activity you have always wanted to try? Do you fall short like many who started with good intentions?
It is generally accepted business theory that to achieve your goals, you must create SMART goals. And wellness goals for the new year are no exception.
What are SMART goals?
In your head you’re thinking, “What the heck is a SMART goal? Is that something to do with school?” Or maybe you’ve even heard the term but don’t really know what they are. SMART is an acronym as a way to write goals and objectives. Let’s break it down.
SMART = Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely
Specific: Be specific. What are you trying to do? Why are you doing it? Are you looking to start a new sport, be more mindful, improve your health?
Measurable: How will you measure or asses your achievement? If you are looking to improve your health, will you measure blood pressure, blood sugar, or perhaps body fat percentage.
Attainable: Is the goal attainable? If you are wanting to run a marathon in 2 weeks but have never run before, are extremely overweight and have asthma, the goal to run a marathon in 2 weeks may not be an attainable goal. You’d be setting yourself up for disappointment. You might want to break a larger goal like that into smaller goals. Perhaps you change the goal to being able to run a 5k within six months’ time.
Realistic: Is this a goal you can meet? Using the example above. If you work two jobs, have a family or other obligations that need your attention and hate running, is the goal a realistic goal for you?
Timely: Is the timeline you are giving to the goal doable? Running a marathon in 2 weeks might not be feasible, however, running one in 12-14 months might be very doable if the other criteria are set.
Why go through all the trouble to define SMART goals?
You are more likely to adhere to your plan if you take the time to follow these guidelines. By March, most people will have fallen short on their New Year’s resolutions. If you are determined to achieve your new goals so can accomplish what you set out to do. But it’s also important to take immediate action. Now that you know how to succeed at your goals get out that pen and paper, or device, create some SMART wellness goals for yourself and take action to make this the year you succeed.
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