Happy New Year! I hope everyone is able to relax today and recover from the busyness of the holiday season. Today is the day to reflect on the past year – the good, the bad, the ugly – and look forward to all of the awesome things 2014 will bring. It only seems fitting to talk about New Year’s resolutions as today is the day everyone makes a resolution for self- improvement, which most of us will fail to act on.
A good friend of mine posted a cute facebook status which she shared her New Year’s resolution was to get fatter, therefore she was cooking mashed potatoes with real butter. Way to set yourself up for success. While my friend’s status is cute, it got me thinking, why on earth do we set ourselves up for failure when it comes to resolutions? Don’t get me wrong, goals are great, working on self-improvement is healthy and necessary, but forcing ourselves to express a resolution that we are only half-heartedly committed to is not helpful. If you must make a resolution, make it SMART. That is:
Specific – be firm on what you would like to achieve. Do you want to be able to converse in another language? Do you want to be able to do 5 chinups?
Measurable – how will you know when you achieve your goal? Set up parameters for how you will monitor your progress.
Attainable – Is your goal actually achievable given your capabilities?
Realistic – Given your time frame and everything else going on in your life, is your goal actually doable?
Time Orientated – When would you like to achieve this goal?
If at this time of year, you do not have resolution that you feel you can really commit to, then don’t make one. Why set yourself up for failure? Focus instead on your overall well-being and enjoying life and when the time is right, set a SMART goal.