your Guide to SMART Resolutions
It’s the start of a new year, and that means many of us will be setting our resolutions for the year. Whether your goals are related to weight loss, your fitness level, your financial situation, or anything else you can dream of, this guide to making your resolutions SMART—specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, and timely—will help set you up for success!
Knowing exactly what you want to accomplish in the new year is a key part of transforming your life. “I’m going to get healthy” may seem like a good goal, but it’s not specific enough to guide your actions. Instead, think in more exact terms. If you want to lose weight, get specific: do you want to lose 10 pounds? 30 pounds? 50 pounds? If you want to exercise more, does that mean working out three times a week, or does it mean lengthening your workout sessions? Making your goals specific will help you know what you need to do to accomplish them!
It’s important to set goals that you can measure because seeing your progress will help you stay on-track. If you’re using the Transformation Kit, there’s a chart in the My First 28 Days brochure where you can write down your weekly progress, so take advantage of it. Of course, you should also keep track of other health goals, such as adding ten pounds to your deadlift or shaving five seconds off of your mile time. No matter what your goals are, make sure they’re measurable!
It’s good to have big goals, but setting an unattainable goal will inevitably leave you feeling defeated. Make sure your health goals are things you can realistically attain. If you have lofty goals that are attainable but will take a long time to reach, break them down into smaller goals so you have milestones to celebrate along the way.
Setting reasonable goals for yourself is also important. You want to push yourself, but not so far that you set yourself up to fail. For example, if you’ve never worked out before, setting a goal to work out seven days a week may not be a reasonable thing to expect from yourself. Instead, setting a goal to work out two or three times a week will be much more reasonable.
Finally, having a timeframe in mind is important. Without one, it’s easy to put off getting started in the first place and just as easy to get off-track because there’s no timeline to keep you accountable. Choose a timeframe that you’d like to reach your goals and use that to determine what you need to do to make it happen. Just keep in mind that your timeline needs to be attainable and reasonable just like your overall goal!
We hope this guide will help you make and keep your New Year’s resolutions. For more tips to transform your life in 2019, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!