How to be SMART with your New Years Resolutions

Posted on 31 December, 2017 by Lyndsey Segal in NLP

As we welcome in 2018, our minds turn yet again to setting New Years Resolutions.

What do I want to achieve this year?

What changes and improvements do I want to make?

How can I learn from the year gone by and move forward in my life?

So many people make New Years Resolutions with good intentions – lose weight, find a new job, give up smoking, improve confidence, do more exercise, seek a promotion, be in a relationship, improve performance at work. The list goes on…..

However, only 8% of people actually stick to their New Years resolutions!

For so many, as time goes by, what starts out as good intentions can quickly turn to failure, challenge, inadequacy, dread and despair.

So, how can you ensure that you stick to your New Years Resolutions this year?

Be SMART! SMART is an acronym which stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Agreed upon
  • Realistic
  • Time-based

Lets explore this in more detail.

S: Specific – how well defined is what you want to achieve?
M: Measurable – how can you measure your progress and outcomes?
A: Agreed upon – how attainable is your goal?
R: Realistic – how realistic are you about what you want to achieve in terms of resources and time
T: Time-bound – what is your timeframe for success?

Setting SMART goals helps to provide clarity, focus, vision and structure to your efforts, ideas and aspirations. It helps you to use your time and resources productively and empowers you to achieve what you want.

So by being SMART with the goals and targets you set for yourself, 2018 can be the year you join that 8% and stick to your New Years Resolutions!