Setting Your Goals for this New Year
Starting 2020 Off On the Right Foot
Dear Sensibly Sprouted,
I try to stick to my wellness goals every New Year, but I tend to fizzle out around February. Any advice for staying strong for 2020?
That’s a great question and one we hear a lot! When it comes to New Year goals, remember to be S.M.A.R.T. about your resolutions. Create goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. This New Year, don’t just say you want to “hit the gym more” or that you “want to be healthier.” Instead, define exactly what your goal means to you! Here’s a more detailed breakdown of S.M.A.R.T. goal setting:
Specific: What is the specific action you want to adopt and/or accomplish?
Measurable: How will you know your goal has been accomplished? How will you define success?
Achievable: How can you (and will you) accomplish this goal?
Realistic: What’s the probability you’ll succeed?
Timely: In regard to achieving your goal, where will you be a month from now? Six months from now?
If going to the gym more often is your goal; paint the scene. Is there a specific exercise or class you’d like to do? Are there days and times that are more realistic and work best for you? An exercise goal could be you’d like to do an hour-long yoga class four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Just remember it can take up to three months to develop a new habit. So, start small! Begin with one day a week. Once you’ve built up your momentum and confidence, add another day, then keep adding until you’ve hit your goal!
When creating resolutions or goals for ourselves, keep in mind that being realistic doesn’t always come second-nature. We tend to set high, unrealistic bars with timelines that are so lofty we’re setting ourselves up for failure. This is why the timely piece of goal setting is so important. It forces us to take a hard look at the new routine or habit we’re trying to create to determine if it truly is realistic.
This year, we challenge you to pull out a piece of paper and write down your New Year S.M.A.R.T. goals for nutrition, exercise and wellness. But that’s not all we’d like you to do. On the same piece of paper, we’d also like you to include why this specific goal is important to you and why is now the time for you to take action.
No matter how motivated someone may start out, when things get tough, motivation and inspiration can easily wane. A single rough week can waste all the thought and work you’ve put into your New Year resolution. But that doesn’t have to be the case! By including the reason behind your goal, you’ll have those words to remind you of what your driving force was to begin with. Keep that paper with you to use as your lighthouse for any storms that might pop up, to keep you going strong!
Have you started to think about your resolutions for this New Year? Are you making them S.M.A.R.T.? We’d love to hear them!