The New Year brings a time for us to refocus, re-evaluate and start afresh! Many people set New Year’s Resolutions, but what exactly does that mean? Well, a resolution is a “RESOLVE” to do something. Maybe you want to make or break a habit, maybe you want to lose some weight or start working out. Maybe you want to…buy a new home this year (sorry, we couldn’t resist).For a large majority of the people who set “resolutions”, they go by the wayside within weeks and months. However, the people we set specific, measurable GOALS are much more likely to meet them.
We’ve all heard of the S..M.A.R.T. approach to goal setting. That is to make your goal: SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, RELEVANT and TIME-SENSITIVE. When we get specific and set timelines to accomplish our goals it makes it much easier to hold ourselves accountable.
Write it down! When we write it down, it becomes even more real. Get it out of your head on paper where you can see it and remind yourself of it often. We would even add – tell someone! Find a trusted colleague or friend that you can tell who will help hold you accountable. It’s always an added “push” when we know someone is going to ask “how’s it going.”
Avoid comparing your progress with others. Comparison is the thief of joy! We all have our own pace at which we achieve things. Comparing yourself to someone else or others on social media takes away precious time that could be spent on your own personal growth.
Enjoy the process of reaching your goal! Set up a timeline to reach specific milestones towards your goal. If it helps you, give yourself some kind of small reward. If your goal is fitness related, maybe it’s a new pair of gym shoes. It doesn’t have to be a big reward, something small will do just fine.
Don’t forget to share your successes with those closest to you – especially your accountability person! Wishing you the BEST 2020!