What are YOUR New Year Resolutions?

December 26, 2012

‘A goal without a plan is just a wish’ – Larry Elder

This time of year many people start putting pen to paper and coming up with their potential New Year’s resolutions. All the usual suspects are typically included in the list:

  • Lose weight
  • Eat healthy
  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise

January 1st rolls around and we eagerly tackle our resolutions. All goes well for the first couple of weeks and then BOOM! We fall off the proverbial wagon and once again slip back into our normal habits. We feel defeated and ashamed and vow to NOT break our New Year’s resolutions… year!

So, why do so many people fail when it comes to keeping their New Year’s resolutions? Like the old saying goes: People don’t plan to fail, they fail to PLAN.

When tackling your New Year’s resolutions this year, why not try incorporating an action plan for each item? This will serve as your ‘blueprint’ to obtaining your goal.

There are many ways to set and achieve your goals. You must first start by setting SMART goals. This will make it easier for you to create your action plan. Here’s an example of how it works.

GOAL: Lose weight

Specific: Do you know exactly WHAT you want to accomplish?

Measurable: Quantify your progress so you stay on track.

Attainable: Can you reach the goal? Your goals should be challenging but also attainable.

Relevant: How important is this goal to you?

Timely: Have a deadline for your goals.

Revised Goal:  “I want to lose 10 lbs by April 15th 2013. I will achieve this goal by walking for 30 minutes three days a week and I will go to the gym 3 days per week. I will limit the number of sweets and starchy carbohydrates that I eat to just 2 times a week. I will weigh myself every Monday to keep track of my success.”

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