Happy New Year to you and your family!!
This year promises to be full of new experiences, milestones and many, many WHOAments to share with you.
While I won't make typical New Year's resolutions, only to feel disappointed when they are not carried out, I will set new (SMART) goals for myself. What are SMART goals, you ask? Glad you asked. SMART goals are:
Here are some tips for setting your SMART goals:
1. Make sure your goals are specific. What is it that you are hoping to gain by setting this goal?
2. You need to be able to measure or track your progress.
3. Can you really attain your goal? Remember baby steps add up! Take it day by day.
4. Is your goal realistic? For example, can you really set a goal to lose 40 pounds in one month? Nope.
5. Give yourself a timeline for completing your goal.
An example of New Year's Resolution is:
"I will lose weight".
A SMART Goal:
"To become healthier this year, beginning January 6th, I will walk on the treadmill for twenty minutes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays."
Can you tell the difference?
In the New Year's Resolution, how will you know if you've attained your goal? Is one ounce your goal? One pound? Is this realistic? Nope. By the time your first meal comes, you will gain instead of losing and your resolution will be shot -- probably by January 2nd.
In the SMART goal, you have a specific goal in mind: to become healthier. You know that, starting on January 6th, if you don't walk on the treadmill for twenty minutes on the specific days you mentioned, you haven't met your goal. Remember, you can also make adjustments throughout the year to either expand and tweak your goals.
Get the point?
So now that you are able to set your SMART goals, grab a chair, a piece of paper and get to writing.
Here's to another great year!
P.S. - Looking for an accountability partner? Share your goal with me! I'd like to hear what you have planned for 2014! Let's see God work in our favor!