Smart Resolutions

One important part of training for our employees and our consumers is based around setting goals. A new year is a common time for people to set goals for themselves, also called resolutions. One way to help keep your New Year’s resolution on track is to make it SMART. Let’s take a look at a common New Year’s Resolution, Losing Weight.

If you decided you want to lose weight in this New Year, that’s a great idea, but how will you go about attaining that goal. How much weight do you want to lose or what is your target weight? When do you want to lose it by, if you are thinking 50lbs in one year, that going to feel like a long time, but what if you want to lose 5 lbs. a month or 1 pound a week? That will give you quicker results to compare to. as well as. small stepping stones to your overall goal.

Is your goal possible? Losing 50lbs in a year could be possible, but losing 10 pounds in a week is probably not, it’s certainly not healthy.  What do you believe you are capable of? If you set a goal that in unrealistic then you are setting yourself up to fail. Think through your resolution to determine your capabilities and motivation.

Does your plan for losing weight include a change in diet or exercise? How will you change your diet? How often and where will you exercise? Do you have a friend or partner that could join you on your goal? Accountability is a great motivator to keep on track and its more fun with a friend!

Maybe your goal is not to lose weight, but you can still apply the SMART method. It’s not too late to reevaluate your resolution to increase success!

S-pecific, M-easurable, A-ttainable, R-ealistic, T-imely

Specific: A specific goal has a better chance of being completed than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:  Who, What, Where, When, and Why.

Measurable – Establish concrete conditions for measuring development toward the completion of the goal you set.

Attainable – Identify goals that are important to you, then begin to figure out how you can make them come true.

Realistic– To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work at.

Timely – A goal should be tied to a time frame.

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