When making changes, most of us have plans to make this time better than the last. But, often time’s, people fall back into their old habits and don’t achieve the goal they set out to reach. Here are a few tips to help you stick to and achieve your goals for a healthier you as the 2015 New Year begin!
Practice making S.M.A.R.T. goals:
SPECIFIC: Goals should be simplistically written and clearly define what you are going to do. A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. Answer at least three of the five “W” questions; who, what, where, when, why.
MEASURABLE: Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure progress, you stay on track. Ask yourself, how much, how many, and how will I know when it is accomplished.
ATTAINABLE: When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. When you list your goals you build self-image. You see yourself worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them. To determine if your goal is attainable, Identify the requirements to make it happen and constraints that may keep you from obtaining the goal.
REALISTIC: To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivation force. To determine if your goal is realistic, ask yourself what conditions have to exist to accomplish this goal. When you think of conditions, think of your mindset.
TIME-SENSITIVE: A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. Someday won’t work. Anchor your goal within a timeframe, to set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal. T can also stand for Tangible. A goal is tangible when you experience it with one of the senses, that is, touch, taste, smell, sight, or hearing. When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.
Periodically evaluate and adjust your plan. Keep in mind your anticipated obstacles and be prepared to either go through them or around them. Learning how to cope with and manage obstacles is crucial for your success. If you slip off track, try again! Learn from your lapses. Ask yourself two questions after a lapse: “What did I do well?” “What will I do differently next time?” Remember to take it one step at a time. Small changes make big differences.