Creating SMART New Year’s Resolutions

By January 1, 2017 Blog, Blogs

Happy New Year! Ready to Stick to Your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions?
New Years can be exciting for many of us. However, it may cause anxiety for others. New Year’s resolutions are goals for our personal, spiritual, mental, emotional, or professionally growth. Although the objective for change is present, what we frequently select for our resolution is too large and can bring about anxiety. So the important challenge is, how can we make SMART New Year’s resolutions?

Specific

Manageable

Agreeability

Reasonable

Timely


Here are examples of common goals and ways to turn them into SMART resolutions:

Resolution Example 1:  Lose Weight

Think to yourself: Does this sound SMART or is it too big to accomplish?

Here’s how to make losing weight a SMART resolution:

Specific: Workout

Manageable: 30 minutes

Agreeability: If you were to ask someone else if your goal is realistic, would they agree?

Reasonable: Ask yourself, is this something I can do or is it a long shot?

Timely: 2 times per week

Resolution Example 2:  Quit Smoking

Again, think to yourself: Does this sound SMART or is it too vague?

Here’s how to turn quitting smoking into a SMART resolution:

Specific: Cut down on how much you smoke

Manageable: If you smoke 6 times a day, try 5 times a day

Agreeability: If you were to ask someone else if your goal is realistic, would they agree?

Reasonable: Ask yourself, is this something I can do or is it a long shot?

Timely: Decrease the number I smoke by 1 every week

In sum, turn your New Year’s resolutions into SMART one! SMART goals can help lead you to achieving larger New Year’s resolutions. Here’s to a SMART and successful New Year!
Resources for SMART goals:
https://www.projectsmart.co.uk/smart-goals.php
https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/smart-goals.htm