A new year means new goals and resolutions. There’s an acronym - SMART - that can help you set goals that are built for success. Let’s break down what SMART stands for and get your new year started off right!
• Specific: Be clear and specific. Try and answer the five W’s about your resolution (Who, What, When, Where, Why) and use action words. Don’t just say “lose weight/eat less”. Instead say “lose 10 lbs/eat 200 less calories per day” and you’ll be more focused because you have something specific to strive for.
• Measurable: This will help you track your progress along the way and stay motivated. Being able to measure your achievements helps you feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal. Think of things like “how many calories/reps/pounds” that you’ll be able to log and track progress for when making resolutions.
• Achievable: You want your resolutions to stretch you, but not be impossible. Reach for the stars, but keep one foot grounded in reality. Improving a little is better than nothing at all.
• Relevant: Make sure the goal makes sense. Does it seem worthwhile and is now the right time? Evaluate why the goal is actually important to you and how it will fit into your current situation. Picture what it will look like by the end of the year if you stay on track.
• Time-Bound: Goals need deadlines to keep you on track. Set up milestones along the path of your resolution. If you want to lose 20lbs in a year, can you lose 10lbs in 6 months? Breaking things down into timeline chunks will further ensure success and keep things moving.