Happy New Years! Its that time of year again, where we make big promises to ourselves, start out strong, and then get disappointed when we have already broken our goal two weeks later! Let’s face it we have all been there! This year I made a point to create resolutions that I hope will not fall into this unpleasant pattern. I based this year’s resolutions on the following 4 tenants which will help me and you crush our NYE goals (the first 2 will look very familiar to those of you familiar with the SMART model for goals). Check out my latest TV segment below for more tips and tools to help you rock your NYE resolutions:
1.) Set measurable resolutions – almost all of my resolutions include a concrete number that is easy to measure and easy to ascertain whether met or not. For instance, one of my goals is to carve out a date night with my husband once a week. Once a week is specific and easy to measure, right? That is much easier to conquer then “spend more quality time with my husband” – make sense?
2.) Set attainable & realistic goals – many of us set ourselves up for failure because we create these huge goals that are almost impossible to meet. Instead start small and create resolutions that are outside of your norm but realistic and attainable. For instance, I am sad to admit that last year I read 2 books total (yikes!). I pondered making my resolution 1 book a month but that seemed lofty! So I settled for once a quarter which is still a stretch but much more attainable.
3.) Leverage tools and resources to help you achieve you goals – the best thing you can do for yourself is set yourself up to win before you start. Arm yourself with the tools, resources, gadgets, anything that will help you to meet that goal. If eating healthy is your goal, figure out the healthy products you should stock your fridge with NOW or find a meal delivery service that can bring healthy meals to you. If being more fit is your goal, find that workout or equipment NOW that is going to get you excited and committed about making the goal a reality.
4.) Celebrate the small wins as you achieve them until they become a part of your every day life – pat yourself on the back when you have met your small goals and your big resolutions! You better believe I am proud of myself that I have read every night this week instead of spending an extra 20 minutes on my phone! Celebrate and acknowledge your personal wins, it makes you proud and excited to continue. And, the more you acknowledge and make it a part of your day to day, the more likely you are to continue as a way of life instead of a resolution!
I want to hear from you on the strategies and/or tips that you have found to be effective in crushing or at least tackling your new years resolutions! Comment below!