Are you making a New Year’s resolution this year? How did yours for last year turn out? Some people are big into setting new year’s resolutions and others are not. Are you one of the people that finds the first day in the new year a good time to start a new goal? Then, read on for tips for your New Year’s resolution.
The first thing to evaluate before starting a new goal is how you did in your last year’s new year resolution. If you were successful you can take some hints from that goal to implement with your new goal. It doesn’t matter if they are completely different types of goals. Were you unsuccessful? If you were unsuccessful, think back to why you didn’t succeed. Was the goal something that you didn’t really want to do? Was the goal unachievable? How long did you last before you gave up? Knowing these facts can be a huge asset for setting your next goal. How can failing be an asset? By considering what didn’t work, you can adjust.
Is your goal specific
When making a goal, you must choose something specific. Unless you have something specific to work towards, you will lose motivation or never know when you were successful. If you say you want to lose weight, but don’t identify how many pounds, when are you done? Setting a goal to lose 2 pounds per week is a specific goal. With this type of goal, you know when you achieve it.
Is your goal measurable
Your goal must be measurable. The example above of 2 pounds per week is measurable. Another example of a measurable goal is to walk 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week, at 10 am. You know exactly when you are supposed to be working on your goal.
Is your goal achievable
When you select a goal, it needs to be achievable. If you don’t choose something that you can do, you will not be successful. For example, if you choose to run a marathon, but you’ve never run a marathon before, this is not an achievable goal in most instances. It is better to choose a goal that you can do within a reasonable amount of time. For example, a more achievable goal for running would be to walk 2 miles per day. Then, the next month, you could move to running a mile; etc. After several months of building up endurance, then you will be ready to set the goal of a marathon.
Is your goal relevant
As with achievable, a relevant goal is something you can do. However, it goes one step further. A relevant goal is one that you want to do. If you are choosing a goal that someone else wants you to do, you will not be successful. Your New Year’s resolution must be “your” goal. What would be a goal that is not “yours”? If your child wants you to stop smoking and you say you’re going to quit, you won’t. the only time you have the willpower and desire to quit is if you want to quit.
Your goal must also be time bound. You must have a date that you need to have accomplished your goal. Making a goal time bound makes you honest. Without a time period for your goal to be accomplished, you will procrastinate.
If you are wanting to set a New Year’s resolution, following the above tips will help you achieve your goal. It is not enough to wish to make a change. You must be specific, measurable, achievable, and relevant to be something that you will accomplish.