How to Make Sure You Succeed at Your New Year Resolution

Even if you have already set your new year resolution goals, it doesn’t hurt to re-work or re-define them for more clarity and success potential. Make sure your resolutions follow the SMART goal format. In order for you to notice and achieve more success, your goals need to be: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable, and on a Timeline. For example, a new year resolution to lose weight can be re-defined using the SMART goal format by stating: I want to lose 10% of my body weight by March 15. This goal was made more specific by clarifying “lose weight” to a specific percentage (10%), and a precise deadline was decided upon by choosing March 15. The goal is measurable as we chose to use percentage of body weight lost as our metric, and 10% lost by March 15 is not only attainable but reasonable as well. To aim for a larger percentage such as 20% may be unreasonable or unhealthy, and would most likely lead to failure to meet the goal. Set yourself up for success by using SMART goals this new year.


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