How To Set Realistic Resolutions For The New Year

The new year is here and it is time to figure out our 2020 resolutions. I have to admit, in the past I was guilty of making goals that weren’t very realistic. By February, they were only a piece of paper sitting in my drawer. Since then, I’ve learned how to create goals that I won’t give up on. You can have long-term or mega goals for the future, but you must make sure these certain goals are reasonable! A couple of years ago, I read about the “SMART” method, and I would love to share it with you all.

The SMART method is an easy way to set realistic goals that you can actually complete!  Here’s how it works:

  • Specific. This is the first step when writing down your resolutions! Clearly describe what you want to achieve – the more specific you get the better.
  • Measurable. For example, instead of saying you want to run more next year, say you will run at least 3 times per week. Keep track of your improvement over the course of the year to keep yourself accountable while celebrating your progress. You can even make goals with a friend so you can keep each other accountable!
  • Attainable. This one speaks for itself! Realistic goals are extremely important because the whole point of having goals is to accomplish them! If one of your goals is to not eat junk food, try to cut out 1 specific junk food at a time instead of saying you will never consume junk food again…because you most likely will!
  • Relevant. Think about the purpose of your goal and why you want to achieve it. What are you really trying to get out of this goal? What’s driving you? Adding relevancy into your goal is vital because it reminds you of why your goal matters.
  • Timely. Having a deadline for your goals really helps keep you on track! I find it helpful to set a monthly goal, because it makes my goals feel closer in reach. Additionally, you can take each month as a chance to start fresh. If you slip up or make a mistake, don’t give up! Adjust your plan and create a game plan for the next month.

I hope these tips help you out with planning your New Year’s resolutions. I am sure you will accomplish them! Remember that no matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you’re still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying! Happy New Year! 🙂

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