The biggest FAIL when it comes to resolutions is setting big, long-term goals. People tend to set goals so large, that when they don’t achieve them within a certain period of time, they just quit.
Set small weekly, or even daily goals. Goals as small as, I will eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day or I will be active for 30 minutes today. If you’re trying to lose weight, normal losses are 1 to 2 pounds a week in order to lose fat and keep the weight off. So don’t expect to get to your goal weight too quickly.
Set SMART goals by using the following anagram to work through each category:
S – Specific – Be as specific as you can with your goals. Some questions to be answered would be:
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Why is it important?
- What is involved?
- What resources are involved?
M – Measurable – To keep track of progress and stay motivated
- How much?
- How many?
- How will I Know when it's complete?
A - Achievable – All goals should be achievable for YOU.
- How can I accomplish this goal?
- Are there barriers?
R – Realistic – Goals should be realistic. Be real with yourself, and know what you are capable of.
- Is this something I can do by myself?
- Is this something I have resources for?
T – Time – Have a specific timeframe in mind, whether it be daily or weekly.
- When does it need to be done by?