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Making a SMART Goal

We’re just about to complete the 2nd week of the New Year, how did it go so far? Some of us may still have the holiday hangover while some has already started their new year’s resolutions. I’ve seen a lot of resolutions these past few weeks but honestly, they all look the same to me compared to last year’s. I guess that means that most were not completed?

What’s the point of making New Year’s resolution if they are not to be done anyways, or something that are just being procrastinated on? Besides, I believe that it’s really difficult to instantly change himself / herself just because a new year has come. Personally, I think that change should be something gradual, and is a process of making things better, but not instantly. So instead, it would be best to set goals and re-arrange priorities and make the most out of the year. However, you have to remember that you need to set up your objectives and goals in a S.M.A.R.T. way: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.

Let’s take one of the most commonly used goals practically almost every “New Year’s Resolutions” list has: to lose weight (guilty?) One reason why most people do not attain this goal before the year ends is that it’s not “SMART”. How do we make this a SMART goal?

Specific: Losing weight can be done in a lot of ways – exercise, proper diet, surgery, or even non-surgical but clinically altered method, etc. decide on how you plan to lose those unwanted holiday feast fats.

Measurable: Target how much weight you want to lose by the end of the month / year.

Attainable: Is this goal attainable for you? If it’s a yes, then go for it.

Realistic: How realistic is this for you? Do you think this can be done? If you think this is like collecting and buying a lot of different ms70 gold eagle coins, then you should rethink your goal.

Time-bound: Set a boundary on how long you think you can attain this goal.

So, for this losing weight battle, for this to be a SMART goal, an example of your listed resolution should be “I will lose at least 5lbs every month through cardio exercise, yoga, proper diet, and living a happy life!”

Now isn’t that something that would make you want to attain your goals even more?

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