I don’t know about you but I’ve never been one for New Years Resolutions. Instead of resolving to do things differently, or not do some things at all, only to beat yourself up when you slip up, why not instead look at some goal setting? Or if you are into keeping your resolutions for January 1 each year, are you doing a checkup on June 1 to see how things are going?
Set SMART Goals
Are you familiar with the SMART criteria? As you can see from the image above it’s an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Relevant and Time-Based goals.
Now it’s easy to say “I’m going to lose weight in the new year” but that’s such a broad, blanket statement. Instead why not say “I have a goal to lose 20 pounds by June 30, 2021 and I will work toward that goal by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my diet, getting 20 minutes of activity each day, incorporating a meditation practice into my daily routine, track my progress with photos and measurements and monthly weigh ins and I will reward myself with some new clothes”.
You’ve set a specific goal (20 pounds), a way to measure your progress (photos/measurements/weigh ins), included steps to take to reach said goal (such as fruits and veggies, activity), gave yourself a deadline (June 30, 2021) and made it relevant (or rewarding) by getting a new wardrobe at the end of it.
Set Big Goals, But Be Realistic
Everytime I post in my Spapreneur coaching group about some things I want to accomplish during my day off or some extended time off from seeing clients, I get a lot of questions because I like to have a list of 10-20 things I think I’m going to accomplish in 1-2 days. They always reign me in and ask me “what are 5 of the most important things you need to get done right now?” and it forces me to whittle it down and really focus on those 5 tasks rather than try and tackle it all in one sitting.
Because what happens when you don’t get everything done on your list like you planned? You end up getting frustrated and feel like you’re not doing enough. (Or is that just me?).
So, think about what some of your goals are and think about how you can get even more specific with them to be successful.
In Good Hands,
Rebecca Tamm, LMT