Ever wonder why you have great intentions at the new year and THEN the ball drops? You just need to be a little “S.M.A.R.T” – er.
This formula will help you get on track in any area of your life as you contemplate changes for the new year
S. = Specific
Be specific with what you want during the new year. Most of the time, the ball drops because you are too general with your intentions.
If you want to find balance, then be specific with scheduling. “For an hour a day, I will use 15 minutes to workout, 15 minutes to have quality conversation with someone I love, 15 minutes to decompress after a stressful day, or 15 minutes to have quiet time.”
For weight loss, be specific: “I want to lose 10 pounds.”
M. = Measurable
What tool will you use to measure your progress? A planner? A scale? An iPad? An app?
A. = Achievable
Many times a goal isn’t reached because it’s too big. Start with what IS achievable. If you have no exercise routine at all, then just start with scheduling time for what you DO have.
R. = Reward
Most S.M.A.R.T. models utilize this as the “realistic” component. I will insert “REWARD” here as a means to positively reinforce a new behavior. The best incentive is to reward yourself weekly for having met a goal for just that week. Mind you, not with unhealthy food if your goal is to eat better or lose weight!
T. = Time
Give yourself a timetable for reaching your goal. If you don’t, it’s easy for the goal to be dropped as fast as the new year’s ball.