New Years Resolutions have been around for thousands of years. It began with the Babylonians who would “resolve” and make promises to their gods to pay their debts and return stolen objects. I bet now-adays no-one has that on their list of resolutions. But if you did steal something, you should return it.
I am going to give you some smart ways to make and keep the resolutions you set out to accomplish this year.
S– Be specific about your goals. Write down very specifically what you want to accomplish. A clear and focused vision. Paul said, “I press on toward the prize.” He knew exactly what he was running towards.
Being specific takes your intentions (and we all have good ones) and gives them an action plan. For example: my intention, “I want to get healthy.” That is very vague. To make it specific I would instead write down, “I want to lose fat and gain muscle.”
Being specific gives action steps that make your intentions a reality.
M– is for measurable. Examine where you are at in a specific resolution you have, your starting point, and measure out tangible goals within that goal. Going back to the, “I Want to be healthy,” goal. Set measurable points within that, that you can accomplish. When I set out to lose 90 lbs, saying, “I want to lose 90 lbs” was terrifying and felt impossible. But, by saying, “I want to lose 10 lbs in 2 months,” made it measurable and less daunting. Baby steps. Which brings us to letter A in our SMART resolution plan.
A – action. Goals are action oriented. Action says, “this is HOW I am going to make my dreams and goals a reality.” It requires you to do something. There is a price tag on New Years Resolutions and knowing that tag will set you up for success. Create specific, measurable actions to take towards your goal. Structure everyday life to help yourself accomplish these goals.
If you want different results, you have to change the rythym of your life.
R- this one should be a no brainer, but, be realistic. Don’t set yourself up to fail. Example, “I want to lose 90 lbs in 90 days.” You will fail because you will die. Be nice to yourself.
Lastly, T- put your resolutions on a timeline to see them accomplished. This will cause you to progress. And again, looking forward to the prize.
I hope this assists you in your new year of resolutions. Be s.m.a.r.t., be blessed and…
Keep moving forward.