Staying on Top of Your New Years Resolution

It's almost that time where people make claims and goals for the new year called a resolution. I mean there isn't a need to explain them as most people have or will make a resolution for this upcoming year. So, why do most people not last on the resolution that they make? Well, I believe it is from not having a S.M.A.R.T. resolution. Let me explain this really neat idea that I have learned about in my classes.

A S.M.A.R.T. goal (or resolution) is something that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. All of these are what a person should think about when making a resolution that they will actually be able to carry out through the year. How does one use this to create a good resolution?

So for the starters what a person should do is think of a resolution, which is basically a goal, and make sure that it is super specific. So it should be something like lose ___ pounds not simply lose weight. That isn't specific enough! You could even get more specific with this and say lose ___ pounds a month.

Next, sure you can measure it! Okay, you can measure weight so that is perfect, if your resolution was that a person was more happy or something like that it is not quite measurable.

For the attainable, it's pretty easy to think about too. If it's with the weight option then look at how much you weigh now and think about a number that is reasonable to set. I would say that losing 50 pounds by July would not be that reasonable. Some could do it, but were looking for something with better odds.

So relevant is next and I would hope that any resolution a person would have in mind would be relevant to your life, or someone that is important to them. This one is pretty self-explanatory!

Last but not least is making sure that it is time-bound. So this revolves around the fact that it will be done in a set amount of time to be finished or met. So losing ___ pounds in ___ months is definitely time-bound! Even make little checkpoints along the way, so the final goal is losing __ pounds but put some milestones in there. Maybe add lose ___ pounds every month!

I hope these tips help you set a new years resolution that you will be able to accomplish this year!

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