Set Yourself up for Success in 2019

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The New Year is right around the corner and will be here before you know it.  Take some time to think about how you can make 2019 your healthiest year yet! 

Self-improvement is a shared American value, but following through on personal goals is troublesome for many.  According to US News, 80% of Americans fail to meet their New Year’s resolutions. 

Create SMART Goals

Failure to achieve resolutions or goals is often a result of high aspirations and competing priorities.  It’s more sensible to set small, attainable goals throughout the year instead of a single overwhelming one. 

The acronym S.M.A.R.T. is a great tool to use when setting goals.  Follow these rules to ensure success in achieving your New Year’s resolutions.

S- Specific

A specific goal has a greater chance of being achieved than a general goal.  Specificity brings clarity to the objective and erases ambiguity.  For example, a general goal might state “I want to be physically fit.”  On the other hand, a specific goal would be, “I will run for 30 minutes 4 days per week.”

Answer the following questions to set a specific goal:

Who: Decide who is involved

What: Determine what is to be achieved

Where: Identify a location

When: Establish a timeline

Why: What is the purpose of this goal?

M-Measurable

You must establish criteria to assess progress towards a specific goal.  Measuring progress allows one to stay on track towards attaining the goal at hand.  To determine if your goal is measurable, ask the following questions:

How much?

How many?

How will I know when it is accomplished?

A-Attainable

Set goals that are stretched enough to challenge you, but also defined enough so that you can achieve them.  You can reach any goal when you plan your steps wisely and set guidelines for attaining each step along the way.  An attainable goal is motivating whereas an impossible goal is debilitating. 

R-Realistic

When brainstorming goals, choose objectives towards which you are both willing and able to work.  Make sure that each goal represents substantial progress. 

Set your goals high in addition to being realistic.   A high goal is easier to achieve as it provides more motivational force than a low goal.  These achievements are often times called “labors of love.”

T-Time Bound

Goals must be grounded within a time frame.  This way you are able to assess whether or not the objective has been met.   Timelines also provide a sense of urgency and motivation for achieving the task at hand.  For example, a goal to lose ten pounds is meaningless without a timeframe.  Will you lose ten pounds in six months, a year, two years?  A time bound goal answers the question of “when.”

Take a few minutes to brainstorm some healthy lifestyle changes that you would like to achieve in 2019.  Need a bit of inspiration?  Here are the most popular New Year’s resolutions Americans choose according to usa.gov. 

·Lose weight

·Quit smoking

·Get fit

·Eat healthy food

·Manage stress

·Save money

What do you think?  Are these S.M.A.R.T. goals?  Is this maybe why less than 20% of Americans achieve their New Year’s resolutions? 

There is no better time than now to start setting goals for a healthier YOU. Make these S.M.A.R.T goals and step into the New Year on the right foot!

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