New Year’s Eve may seem like a cliché time for starting to set some new goals, but it’s a great time to evaluate where you are and decide where you want to be. In a demanding and ever-changing industry, it can be hard to anticipate the twists and turns that keep you from your goals. Here are some tips from Celadon Wellness on achieving your best and healthiest year yet.
Set SMART goals to stay focused
SMART goals are:
Instead of “Workout more,” say, “I will go to the gym on M/W/F from 5:30-6:30 p.m.”
Find a way to measure your success. It can be in hours, days, dollars, distance, pounds, etc.
What do you have to do to meet your goal? Consider barriers and how to overcome them.
Make goals that you are truly willing and able to work for. Be honest with yourself.
Create a timeline for how you will reach your resolution. Hold yourself accountable for each step.
Keep in mind that there are short-term and long-term goals. Try to meet smaller goals along the way to meet your ultimate goal.
What NOT to do
When creating New Years resolutions, avoid making these mistakes.
Don't “should” all over yourself. It's important to understand the reasons why you MUST change. From a behavior to an emotion to a belief, creating lasting change is about getting out of the "should" model, which rarely delivers results you want, and instead, deeply reflecting on why the change is a MUST.
Don't set vague or highly unrealistic goals. Resolutions around things like "I'd like more money" or "I should lose some weight" are vague and immeasurable. It's impossible to know when you've reached these goals, so you end up ignoring them altogether. Instead, be specific "I want to lose 5 pounds a month until I reach my ideal weight and BMI of [insert ideal weight here].”
Don't wait until the end of the year to measure your progress. Even if you've crafted a realistic resolution, you need at least weekly (ideally daily) measurements that ensure you're tracking toward your larger 12 month (annual) goal. What gets measured gets accomplished-what gets measured daily gets done faster.
Need an extra push? Join Celadon Wellness’ Resolution Solution Challenge. Pick one goal to focus on throughout the month of January, use a calendar to track your progress, and turn in your calendar for the chance to win a gift card. Download the calendar and rules here.