It is that time of the year again. The Christmas season is almost over including all the extra family gatherings, special traditions, and indulgent dinners that go along with it. (We have our last Christmas celebration tomorrow with my parents who drove all the way from Iowa for the weekend!) I have always loved the feeling of a new year beginning – a fresh start, newfound determination, and “limitless” possibilities. Oh, and I love whipping out a new planner, too!
Filling my crisp, recently purchased planner can only mean one thing – time to write some “New Year’s Resolutions” for 2016. I don’t know about you, but I think I’m pretty good at writing resolutions. Keeping them, on the other hand, is another thing. A study by the University of Scranton found that in 2015, only 8% of the people who wrote New Year’s Resolutions were successful in achieving them! Why are so many people unsuccessful? Well, let’s take a look at the kinds of resolutions people make. Here are the top 5 resolutions of 2015:
These are good ambitions in theory, but how do you really determine if you are making any progress towards these resolutions?
During my schooling to become a dietitian, my classmates and I learned all about helping our clients/patients develop S.M.A.R.T. goals instead of generalized resolutions. This year I’m throwing out the resolutions and creating goals that I can actually achieve. The S.M.A.R.T. acronym will assist you and I as we begin to write goals for 2016.
Goals should be:
I want to add one more letter to the acronym:
Now let’s look back at the #1 New Year’s Resolution made in 2015 and recreate it using the “S.M.A.R.T.-Y.” acronym.
As you can see, by writing clear, achievable goals (versus vague resolutions), you know specifically where you are going and how/when you are going to get there. It’s like having a roadmap (or GPS!) show you how to get to your destination instead of wandering aimlessly and hoping you make it there.
Challenge: Now that you are getting excited and are beginning to think of goals you would like to accomplish for 2016, take out your planner (or simply a notebook) and jot down a few ideas or share them in the comment section below!
Stay tuned for the second part of “New Year, New Goals” where I will be discussing 7 areas of life to include when setting goals, along with part 3 where I’m going to share a few, personal goals I have set for 2016!
Photo Credit: Nick Mirka
Hello, I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like!
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