A new day, a new week, a new month, a new year, and for me a new baby girl…new places to go, new people to get to know, new tasks to accomplish and the ever so infamous new goals. Yep, it’s that time of year again. A time to evaluate the past, look to the future, and resolve to do it in the present. With every new year come several new resolutions we would like to commit to. However, rarely do these goals get accomplished unless they are planned for in a S.M.A.R.T. way. So as you commit to your resolutions this year here are 5 simple tips to accomplishing your goals.
S – Specific. Goals must be stated in a specific manner. Too often the goals I make I fail to meet not because they are bad goals, but simply because they were not specific enough. Instead of saying I will go to the gym more, I must commit to going to the gym X amount of times or on certain days.
M – Measurable. Resolutions must also be measurable. When I make a resolution that is impossible or difficult to measure I am bound to fail. So instead of stating that I will spend more time in prayer this coming year, I should commit to praying every day for 15 minutes.
A – Attainable. The aims we make each new year must be attainable. While I would like to think I can do it all, I must be realistic and recognize my own limitations and the limitations of my life. In place of aiming to workout everyday of the year when I the past year I only worked out 3 times a week, a more attainable aim of working out 4 times a week would be best.
R – Repeatable. Goals should be broken down to repeatable tasks. When making year long goals we rarely will be able to keep ourselves accountable in the long run if the goal is not repeatable throughout the year. So to replace that goal of working out more this year, I must state it as a repeatable tasks such as working out 3 times a week throughout the year.
T – Time Sensitive. Resolutions must be time-sensitive. The old adage holds true, “if it were not for the last minute, nothing would get done.” In a world of procrastination, without a deadline nothing is accomplished. Instead of resolving to read through the entire Bible this year, a better resolve to accomplish the same goal would be to read X chapters of the Bible each day or week.
Let’s be honest, while we all want to accomplish every goal we set out to do, the reality is not every one of our goals will be accomplished. However, with better planning and S.M.A.R.T.er goals more of those resolutions will come to fruition.
Here is to a new year, new adventure, and new resolutions!
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Until Next Time!