The New Year is right around the corner. Are you making a new year’s resolution? Is there anything you would like to change or do better in 2018? According to Wikipedia, making a new year’s resolution is a common tradition mostly in the western hemisphere and dates back to the Babylonian Era. A resolution is when a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life. It’s a great concept, however the success rate is not impressive. So why do people fail at the goals they set out to achieve in the new year?
Here are a few reasons:
Now that we know what may contribute to resolutions failing, let’s take a look at how we can set ourselves up for success in 2018! Whether your resolution be to lose weight, workout more, be more assertive, or learn another language, you have to be SMART about setting goals and you have to personally be invested in the resolution you set for yourself.
So how do we go about setting SMART goals?
“I resolve to lose weight” —There is still some missing pieces to this goal, right?! Let’s take a look at the next step to building a SMART goal.
“I resolve to lose 25 pounds” —We now have a measurable quantity associated with the weight loss but there are still missing pieces! Time to add the “A” of our SMART goal- setting.
Take a look at our example above. Losing 25 pounds is much more attainable than setting a goal of 100 pounds right away.
“I resolve to lose 25 pounds by eating well balanced meals of 1500 calories per day and doing 30 minute workouts from home.”
We now just added a couple steps that we are going to take to help reach the weight loss goal, BUT we are still missing one of the most important components of goals setting…
“I resolve to lose 25 pounds by May 1, 2018 by eating well balance meals of 1500 calories per day and doing 30 minute workouts 3 times per week from home.” Not only did we add the timeline of May 1, 2018 but we also added another measurable way to track our success by stating we would workout 3 times per week. This goal is Speciﬁc, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
Now that we learned how to set ourselves up for success in reaching our 2018 New Year’s Resolution, we want to hear from you! What are your SMART resolutions for 2018? Share them in the comments below and you will be entered in a drawing to win a 60 minute massage!
Jackie Giese, LPTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapy Consultants
Dustin Eslinger December 27th, 2017
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