Set smart goals to achieve new year resolutions
It’s a new year and we are inspired to set new goals. This year many of us will be setting goals to drink more kale smoothies, eat more organic veggies, drink less coffee and keep up the hard work at the gym. Unfortunately the reality is most of us will not see our goals beyond January, so how do we choose a new year resolutions that will actually last the year? It is possible to set new years resolution you can actually achieve in 2016 and setting smart goals can help you get there.
Set smart goals for your health and fitness
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-based. Examples of a smart goal would be to loose 5 kg’s by 15th January by cutting down on sugar and going for a jog every morning. This identifies exactly what you want to achieve and creates a plan on how you are going to achieve it in an accountable way.
1. Be Specific about your Goals
State exactly what you want to achieve. “I want to get healthy” is to broad, so be more specific about your goal for example I want to loose 15kgs or be able to run 10kms each day. Understand your motivation for setting that goal. “I want to be healthy as an example for my children” This will help you stay motivated when it gets tough.
2. Make your goals Measurable
Decide how you are going to track and measure progress. Setup a progress sheet with measurements for each week and take selfies at the start of every week so you can see progress towards your goal.
3. Ensure your goals are Attainable
While big hairy scary goals are good, you are more likely to stay motivated by choosing a goal that is attainable. While fitspo images and inspirational quotes can help, beware of setting unrealistic expectations. Choosing a goal that is ambitious but attainable is the difference between success and failure.
4. Choose Realistic goals
Be realistic about the amount of time you can dedicated to achieving your goal. Understand what is involved and if you have the resources to help you achieve your goal. If you are a mum wanting to get back into shape, be realistic about the amount of time you have to get fit or choose exercises that you can include with your baby or kids. Do research into what is involved in achieving that goal and beware of using fitspo images as your inspiration for goal setting. While superfit, gorgeous people do exists, their images are often photoshopped and unrealistic.
5. Set a Time Limit
Set a timeframe for achieving your goal to create a sense of urgency. Someday doesn’t cut it! By setting a deadline you will get your plan into motion as you start running out of time to achieve that goal.