Goals ~ Here are just a few useful tips for successfully achieving yours! 

  1. Start with one resolution at a time using the acronym SMART...

Specific: Your resolution needs to be clear, for example instead of saying you are going to lose weight, state a specific goal such as I want to lose 10 pounds by a certain date.

Measurable: Logging progress into a journal or making notes on your phone or in an app designed to help you track behaviors can reinforce the progress, no matter what your resolution may be. Taking pictures of your progress can also be beneficial.

Achievable: Trying to take too big a step too fast can leave you frustrated, or affect other areas of your life to the point that your resolution takes over your life. 

Relevant: Is this a goal that really matters to you, and are you making it for the right reasons?

Time-Bound: The timeline toward reaching your goal should be realistic, that means giving yourself enough time to do it with lots of smaller intermediate goals set up along the way. Focussing  on “small” wins will help you achieve your goal without becoming discouraged.

   

  1. Create a plan, your goal won’t just magically appear. If you’re trying to form or break a habit, try breaking that habit into its three parts: a cue, a routine and a reward.

For example:

Bad Habit: I check Social Media too often.

Cue: I feel isolated.

Routine: I check Social Media.

Reward: I feel connected.

Way to change the behavior: Instead of checking your social media accounts, get up   and talk to a colleague or go for a walk.

 

  1. Set a penalty and/or award for achieving (or not achieving) your goal. Stand to lose something, namely money. That could mean that you give your brother $100.00 to keep, and you can’t get it back until you reach your goal.