Developing Your Resolution
It’s common to set a ton of great new year’s resolutions, start out strong, but then fizzle out with a majority of your goals by February. Most people do not have the willpower required to throw themselves into a huge goal beginning January 1st. It’s important to set realistic and attainable goals.
The first step in setting realistic New Year’s resolutions is to be honest with yourself and all the areas you want to focus on in the New Year. If you’d like to lose weight this upcoming year, it’s important to remember that weight loss is a process, like anything else, and it’s going to take time. Setting a goal that you want to lose 30 pounds by February is not realistic, or healthy. Take a look at all the areas in your life that you’d like to improve, and be honest with yourself about those areas. You also want to be honest with yourself about what areas you actually want to improve on, and what areas you don’t feel all that passionate about. If you aren’t motivated to improve in an area, it will be difficult to find the drive to reach that goal.
Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals are the next step in the goal setting process. SMART is an acronym that stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based. For our weight loss example, “lose weight” is not a SMART goal. A SMART goal would be “I want to lose 15 pounds by March 31st, 2018.” It’s specific in that it relates to weight loss, it’s measurable because you can weigh yourself periodically to see how much you are weighing, it’s achievable because you would be losing 5 pounds per month, it’s relevant as long as it’s something you want, and it’s time-based because it has an end time goal. SMART goals are mentioned repeatedly when talking about goal setting, and that’s because SMART goals have been proven to be one of the best ways to set goals.
When you sit down to write out your ideas for goals for the upcoming year, it’s a good idea to try and focus on one or two goals at once. Instead of setting your goals as losing weight, eating healthy, starting your own business, buying a house and paying off all credit card debt, look at your overarching categories, break those big goals into smaller steps and then focus on one or two at a time. Back to our weight loss example, if you want to lose 15 pounds, there are some lifestyle changes that are going to have to occur. For example, you’ll want to eat fewer fats, sugars and carbohydrates, and more fruits, vegetables and lean meats. You’ll want to start doing some sort of exercise, as well as little things like drinking more water and taking vitamins. If this was your goal, you’d want to focus on hitting the gym or even going on a walk twice or three times a week, and drinking at least one cup of water with every meal for the month of January. When you’re just focusing on those two things, you’re more likely to succeed which will give you the motivation to start on your next few goals during the month of February.
The last way to set yourself up for success when it comes to your New Year’s resolutions is by quite literally setting up your environment to align with your goals. For weight loss, pay the startup fee (although most gyms don’t have one in January to get those with New Year’s resolutions in the door) and first monthly fee for a gym membership. Clear out all of the ice cream, candy and unhealthy food out of your cupboard and refrigerator. Buy a water bottle to keep on your desk at work that will make you want to drink water. Create a system for meal planning that works for you, and change it throughout the year as needed. It will be much easier to fight those midnight cravings if the only thing available for your sweet tooth is a bowl of strawberries, and you’ll feel guilty not going to the gym but still paying for it. Creating an environment dedicated to helping your goals will help you be much more successful.
Following Through on Your New Year’s Resolutions
Now that you’ve set your New Year’s resolutions, the hard part begins. You have to actually follow through with your goals. There are many different things that can help you achieve your goals, so let’s take a look at the best ways to follow through with those smart new year’s resolutions.
If you’re having difficulty following through with your goals, it may be time to get someone else involved to hold you accountable. Going back to our weight loss example, you may invest in an online weight loss guide. Or, you could invest in workout equipment. Putting money (which you worked hard for) into a goal is one of the most motivating things you can do.
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In addition to finding something to hold you accountable, it could also be helpful to plan rewards for the little steps in your journey. For example, you could reward yourself with a new water bottle after you drink 8 cups of water a day for the entire month of January. Or, you could go a little easy on yourself and provide that reward if you reach 8 cups of water on 28 days out of the 31. It’s important to plan for failure and accept that you aren’t going to be perfect with your goals one hundred percent of the time. Give yourself a break and recognize that you are giving it your best effort. Don’t beat yourself up over small failures, but do address why they happened and how you can do better in the future.
Many people set New Year’s resolutions, but not everyone is able to stick to those goals. Hopefully with the help of some of these tips, you can achieve everything you want in this upcoming year.