Are you looking to lose weight in the New Year? One study shows that out of the 48% of individuals who make a New Year’s resolution, 38% of those resolutions are weight related. 75% of people make it through the first week of keeping their resolutions, but by the 6 month mark, it drops dramatically to only 46%. This same study shows that only 8% of people who make their resolution actually achieve it! Everyone has the best intentions to stick to their New Years weight loss resolutions, but to avoid being another statistic, it’s important you approach your goal properly. Having an “all out or nothing” mentality like many will only get you so far, as you do not give yourself enough breathing room for error and you’re not in right mindset to learn from mistakes along the way. It’s important you take small steps at a time to ensure you don’t set yourself up for failure. SMART goals will allow you to have a higher success rate!! Let’s investigate more about SMART goals:
Specific- WHO? WHAT?
Does your goal clarify enough what you are looking to achieve? If it seems to large, break it down. Specific goals should answer the questions Who? and What?
“I’m going to do better with my eating this week” is not measureable. At the end of the week, how do you determine if you acheived this goal of yours? Try to quantify or put numbers to your outcome. Ensuring you will eat your breakfast before leaving the house 5 days this coming week is a more measureable goal.
If you set a goal too far out of reach you probably won’t commit to doing it. Your goal should stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and put the work in to commit to it. Think about questions such as what obstacles are standing in the way between you and your goals? Your goals should push you, but they need to still be attainable.
Relevant- EXPECTED RESULT
Are your goals REALISTIC and RELEVANT to your life? Do you have the resources, capabilities, and and physical abilities to reach your goal?
Have a clearly defined deadline that you want to acheive your goal by. Not puting a timeline on your goal can crush your motivation to achieve it. Again, if you goal seems a bit large, try breaking it down into smaller, timely increments, mile-markers if you want to call it that.
We will conclude this blog post with a truthful quote:
The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.–Denis Watley
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