What is your New Year’s Resolution? We all make New Year’s Resolutions but not very many of us actually follow through and accomplish them. In fact the national average for the number of people who actually succeed with their New Year’s Resolution after one year is 12%. Not a very encouraging statistic! So this year rather than let another year slip by without accomplishing your wellness resolution try a different approach. Here are some steps to help you make your New Year’s Resolution a S.M.A.R.T. goal.
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Action Oriented
T = Timed
First, start with a general wellness goal such as, I want to feel more energetic and make healthier choices around food. Then break that goal down into a series of S.M.A.R.T. goals. Try something like this:
Specific = I will join a health club and go three days a week.
Measurable = By February 1st I will be going consistently Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings after breakfast.
Action = I will join this Saturday.
Realistic = Is this a realistic goal? Can you join this weekend? Do you have the money or the time to do so?
Timed = After, I join this Saturday; I will start with one time per week on Monday at 5:30 p.m. In 2 weeks I will add Wednesdays after work and in 3 weeks I will add Saturdays after breakfast.
Approach your healthy eating goal the same way. Here is an example:
Specific = I will bring my lunch to work 3 days per week.
Measurable = Next Monday I will start bringing my own lunch and I will bring it on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Action = I will go to the grocery store on Sunday and buy whole wheat bread, lean sandwich meat, low-fat mayo, and fresh fruit to have for lunch.
Realistic = Can you go to the grocery store on Sunday? Do you have a lunch box, an ice pack and anything else you may need in order to bring a healthy lunch?
Timed = By February 1st I will consistently be bringing my lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Another important strategy is to ask a good friend or spouse to support you. Have this person listen to your goal and give you constructive feedback. Let them tell you whether or not it is realistic. If not redefine your goal and try again. Then ask this person to check in with you on a monthly basis, say the last day of every month, to see how you are progressing with your specific and measurable steps. Are you taking the necessary action? If not, perhaps this goal is not that important to you and needs to be put aside without guilt. Turning your goals into S.M.A.R.T. goals will help to make 2012 your healthiest year yet!
I hope these tips will help you set realistic New Year’s goals! Here is a S.M.A.R.T. goal: check Lisa’s daily weight loss tips on Facebook’s Maine Weight Loss Coach. Have a Happy and Healthy new year!