At the end of every year, we as a society, take a look back at the year we are about to finish and deep dive into what we accomplished. Then as we relish in how the year went we start to plan for the future. We look ahead to decide what it is that we want to achieve in the upcoming year and we set those goals. Those are your New Year’s resolutions. The mistake that some people make is not knowing how to set realistic New Year’s resolutions and the ways to achieve success with those goals going forward.
S.M.A.R.T. is a term drilled into you starting in grade school. If you don’t already know it is an acronym made specifically for setting goals. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed. Over the years some variations have come out but in the end, they all say the same thing. The point of the matter is you want to make sure you do not set yourself up for failure. Using this acronym as a guideline to get you started with your goal setting is a perfect starting point. There is more to it, though. There are always outside factors that you want to keep in mind when setting your New Year’s resolutions. Little nuances that people don’t take into consideration. We want to make sure you remember them.
First and foremost to go along with your S.M.A.R.T. lesson, you want to be okay with changing directions. Sometimes life happens and things change. Your goals should be able to adapt. Maybe your initial goal was to run the New York Marathon. We all know that there can be a waiting list for a spot in the race. The trick is to be okay if a spot does not open for you. Instead, find a local race and adjust your goal. Weight loss goals are some of the hardest to set. In your head, you think you know the ideal number. However, the body is ever changing and adapts to what it is being tested against. Illness can really ruin goals like this. Make sure to have backup plans. Run out of time to take a trip to the gym? Log on to gymGO and get in a quick 30 minute workout with a certified personal trainer from anywhere you are. As long as you adjust and push forward you will make progress.
Make sure to set both short term and long term goals. Even making preliminary goals to your long term goals is a helpful tool. Staring down a dark tunnel can seem scary but if you place lights every 50 feet that long tunnel is less daunting. You will enjoy the trip a little more knowing how far you have already gone.
Share your goals with family and friends. When you put information out into the universe and let the people around you know what you are doing it makes it more real. It is no longer something you just came up with. It is something you have shared with loved ones so they what you are trying to achieve and can help push and guide you to the end. Along with sharing your goal, find your support tribe. Your tribe is a group of like-minded people that are there to push you forward. Whether it’s a group of fitness friends, other entrepreneurs or even your friends and family that you can bounce ideas off of, talk to about your fears and push you forward even when you feel you can’t do anymore, your tribe should be your core. Trust them to help you.
The next 2 are going to be the hardest part of setting your realistic New Year’s resolutions. First, you have to let go of any self-doubt you have! Self-doubt can kill any goal you set. If that self-doubt creeps in it will domino down to self-sabotage and those resolutions can go out the window. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Now, hardest of all, you need to distance yourself from things or people that don’t support you or build you up. If you have a resolution to do a bikini competition but you have 1 friend that always wants to go out and paint the town red and just doesn’t understand why you would want to put yourself through the trouble of training, then you may want to distance yourself from them for a while. Or say your goal is to get your glucose level down but there is a coffee shop down the block that has the most amazing cupcakes and you always get one when you go for your latte, maybe finding a new coffee shop would be a good idea to help you stay away from those tasty but full of sugar treats. This does not mean to completely cut these things out of your life, but you must take the steps to make your goals come to life and be reality for you in the future.
New Year’s resolutions are an exciting way to get ready for the future. It get’s you motivated to start the new year to do bigger and better things. Hopefully, this guide will help you create your New Year’s resolutions for 2017 bigger and better than ever.
Let us know in the comments what one of your goals are for 2017!