Have a Goal or Resolution in mind? Check this out!
Resolutions or goal setting is great way to start the new year! A fresh start always gives us hope, but how long after the new year have you forgotten about those goals? Statistics say 80% of new year’s resolutions fail by the second week of FEBRUARY… What?!?! Are we really that weak? Appears so.
We have every intention of doing the things we say, but actually doing them is a different story! Each year, same goals with no real outcome… Now, imagine for a moment what setting and failing does to you over time? Ouch! It’s a never ending downward spiral filled with regret and guilt and with that usually comes self-sabotage, because, why not? We already threw in the towel, might as well eat that cake, drink the wine, stay in bed longer, smoke that cancer stick… or whatever it may be. End that damaging cycle now! Today! Don’t say you’ll do it tomorrow, or on Monday… that DOESN’T work! You must commit this minute!
Here is a recommended method for making those goals a reality!
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Relevant
T – Time-Bound
Specific: What EXACTLY do you want. Get into the tiniest details. The more specific, the more manageable it is to accomplish. And, WRITE IT DOWN!
Example, you want to fit in your size __ jeans by March 15th
Measurable: How will you track your progress? Use concrete targets.
For example, your goal is to fit in your old jeans by March. You will come to 3 Pilates classes each week and walk 60 minutes 2x per week. You will log this on a calendar, a chart you make or on your phone with an app or in your notes.
Achievable: Goals must be attainable in the time frame you are giving yourself. Set daily, weekly and monthly targets and aim to hit them. This will help maintain your level of motivation you had when you started.
Don’t say you want to lose 40kg’s in 6 weeks. That is not realistic nor is it healthy and you are setting yourself up for failure.
Relevant: your goal should be in line with your core values and priorities. What about your goal makes it important to you? Your goal is YOURS and should be relevant to you!
Time-Bound: Deadlines are important! If you leave your goal open ended, will you actually achieve it? Probably not. There is a saying “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Let’s not fall into that trap. Break it down, Monthly, Weekly, Daily, maybe even am/pm.
It’s all in the details, staying focused on the end result & accepting that there may be hiccups along the way. Be flexible. Some days may not go as planned, that is ok.
For a million and one tips & ideas, head to Pinterest. There are so many great charts, vision boards, journal suggestions and worksheets that can help you stay on track.
Remember, once you achieve your first goal, keep going. There is nothing stopping you from ticking everything off your list :)
Happy New Year & Happy Goal Setting / Achieving!