Welcome to 2015 everyone! The most typical way of heading into the New Year is setting “resolutions”. Resolutions are great, but how many are actually accomplished? By the end of the year, do you even remember what your past year’s resolution was? Set goals, not resolutions.
Resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or not to do something”. Goals are defined as “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result”. The key difference between the two is the word ‘result’. Resolutions can be seen as, either you do it, or you don’t. Goals are things that you work towards; it doesn’t simply just happen. Here are some of the top 5 New Year’s Resolutions that I’ve gathered:
- Get fit and be healthy
- Be less stressed
- Quit smoking
- Save money and spend less
- Lose/gain/maintain weight and be healthy
Yes, 1 and 5 are similar; why? Because it’s probably the most common resolution out there that almost everyone has. If not, then you’re either a health fanatic already or you’re in denial.
New Year’s resolutions are easy to make and easy to break. For goals, you can’t really “break it”. It’s either you succeed or you fail. But failure is okay unless you don’t learn from it. It’s what makes us stronger and what helps us reach our goals. Perhaps resolutions have become a yearly tradition, but if you see no progress then maybe it’s time for a change. If you’re looking to set goals as of right now, let me help you! The following includes S.M.A.R.T. goals:
S – Specific
You have to be specific when you’re setting goals. A goal like “to get fit” is too vague. If you want to get fit, how do you do it? A specific goal like: “to walk 30 minutes daily”, however, is more specific. Telling yourself in the beginning of the year to get fit will not motivate you to get fit. Telling yourself to get up and do something (to accomplish goal #1) is more specific.
M – Measurable
Now that you have a specific goal, you have to be able to measure your progress. An example of a measurable goal is “to run 5 kilometres in 25 minutes”. Measuring your progress will allow you to see how far you’ve come from your goal or if you’re anywhere near accomplishing it.
A – Attainable
“I want to lose 50lbs in 3 weeks”. Sorry, but that’s just not healthy. You must make sure that you are physically capable of achieving the goal you set. If you already struggle to lose a pound in a week, then 50lbs in 3 weeks is definitely not attainable.
R – Realistic
Before even setting goals, you must realize that it will affect your other life engagements (such as family, friends, lifestyle, etc.). If you are a busy person with kids, a full-time job, and other commitments, then you will have to base “getting fit” around these areas of your life. Be realistic. Be real to yourself and work with what you have.
T – Timely
This is the beauty of setting goals. Unlike resolutions, goals actually include deadlines. This will determine if you’ve achieved or failed your goals. There are two types of goals: long term and short term. Set one or two long term goals then break them up into a time frame which you could work with (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly). This gives you a target to work towards and to help you stay on track.
After goal#1 has been achieved then you can move on to the second, then third, then fourth one and vice versa. Make sure you write your goals down on paper so you can easily see your progress. I mean, most of us have smartphones, right? Or even a pen and paper can work too! You’ll be amazed to see where you stand in the coming year if you start now. Begin with easy goals then make your way up to more challenging ones!
By: Ryle Garcia