How To Make Your Resolutions SMART
How many times have you made a New Year’s Resolution?
I think it’s fair to say we all have one time or another.
The question begging to be answered is, “did you stick to it?”
Don’t feel bad if you answered, “no”. I think it’s fair to say we all start the year bursting with great intentions and sparkling ideas. We really think we’ll improve this or that by the end of the year… and then we don’t because for some reason or another the resolutions lose their luster.
But what if there were a way to make your resolutions a reality?
Would you give it a shot?
I think I can help by showing you a popular and proven method to make it happen. And it’s easy to do.
Shall I show you?
One reason New Year’s Resolutions fail is because they are not clear. They lack ‘umph” or tangibility.
In other words, they don’t seem real.
That’s why you’ve got to be SMART about it.
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Action Oriented
R – Realistic
T – Time Sensitive
Let’s look at a common example. “In 2018, I want to lose some weight.”
Although it’s a valid resolution, it’s vague. How much weight? How will you lose it? By when?
Now, let’s apply the SMART model and see what we can flush out.
Specific – Instead of losing some weight, make your goal clear with a specified number.
Measurable – You’ll know you’re getting closer to your goal weight because the number on your scale will tell you. Because pounds are measurable.
Action Oriented – What are you going to do to make it happen? Join a yoga studio? Get on a nutrition program? Both?
Realistic – Is 20 pounds do-able? Is 20 pounds too easy?
Time Sensitive – What’s the deadline to lose the 20 pounds? If you said 3 weeks, go back and make sure that’s Realistic.
Check out the difference …
Before: In 2018, I want to lose some weight.
After: In 2018, I will lose 20 pounds in 12 weeks. I’ll do it by exercising three times a week using kettlebells for 30 minute sessions, walking everyday for at least 20 minutes, and doing yoga two times a week for an hour and 15 minutes each class. I’ll also be following The Metabolic Effect nutrition program outlined by Dr. Jade Teta.
Did you notice how the first example was kinda “m’eh”? You can see why it would be easy to forget.
Did you notice how the second example was kinda “awesome”? You can see why it would be hard to fail. I mean, look at the second one again… every thing is lined up and ready to go.
Make This Year’s Resolutions Stick
If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution, you’re half way there.
Congrats! That’s a huge step in the right direction.
Now all you have to do is apply the SMART formula. That will to help increase your odds in seeing your blurry resolutions become a crystal clear reality.
Make a commitment, right now, and follow the easy steps outlined in this post.
And before you know it, you can honestly say you made a resolution and stuck with it.
You’ve got this!
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