Happy 2019! Christmas has come and gone, which is always a little of a let down for me. I love the anticipation and then it's "poof" gone in a blink of an eye. However, I do love the start of the new year. It's exciting!! It's full of possibilities! I think these are some of the reasons we all tend to set goals at this time. The trick is, how do we keep those goals going throughout the year, rather than for a few weeks at the beginning. Am I right?!
This past year was a tough one for me. As embarrassing as it is to say this, I fell off the goal making wagon. In fact, I started last year at full speed without a plan. This decision led to healthy habits I have had for a very long time falling by the wayside, which led to not feeling great physically, mentally or emotionally. Everyone has ups and downs and its ok. What is important to remember is that we can change! We can learn from what we have tried and done. We have the ability to make things better. We are strong - we got this!
That being said, today I want to go back to some basics of goal setting. Goal setting is an important part of our life. We gain confidence, are more motivated and have a sense of purpose by making goals.
SMART goals. Ever remember learning about those? If you do, this will be a good refresher. If you haven't, then you are starting your new year learning something new. Either way - score!
Specific - When setting a goal you want to be as specific as possible. Write down every little detail about the goal. Why are you setting this goal? What are the steps you will achieve to reach the goal? Are there any limitations or conditions? The more specific you are, the better the chance of you getting exactly what you want out of your goal.
Measurable - How will you know when you reach your goal. What are you measuring it by? Is it when you reach a certain weight? When a project is finished? You need evidence, something concrete to measure by.
Attainable - Is your goal good for you? Will the time and effort be possible? Take time to think about you and what you can handle and fit into your life.
Relevant - Is your goal actually relevant to you? Ask yourself again, why do you want to achieve this goal? What is your objective, and will the goal actually help you achieve it?
Timely - Deadlines produce action! Make sure to keep your timeline realistic.
It is important to remember as you set your goals to make sure you aren't starting out too big or too little. Your goals need to push you a little so there is something to work at and keep you motivated. When a goal is too overwhelming, too much all at once, there is a tendency to give up. When it is too little, there is also a tendency to give up because there isn't anything motivating you to keep going. Take some time to really put some thought and time into your goals. Make them personal.
This week I am setting my own SMART goals to start my year out right. I sometimes get stuck overthinking everything and end up doing nothing. Sound familiar to anyone else? So.. in the words of Nike "Just do it". Just get going on those goals, writing them down with a plan on how to accomplish them. By taking the step to "Just do it", and do it correctly, we can eliminate the "just didn't happen".
Here's to a new year of possibilities!
Wife, mom and Health Coach. Lover of life and learning. (and my dog Steve)