It’s that annoying time of year for us regular gym goers when the parking lot becomes mobbed and the gym gets a little more crowded. By February the crowds seem to wane, with resolutions already falling to the wayside.
It’s gotten me thinking a lot about this whole resolution thing which is really goal setting in general. There’s my husband, who when I asked him on New Year’s what his resolutions were, said, “I don’t need a special day to make resolutions!”
I have a lot of limitations, but once I set my goals I’m pretty good at getting them done. For me, it’s the setting part that’s the hardest. Take the gym for example. I wouldn’t even go tour the one I was going to join (I could barely even think about it either) until I felt I was READY to join because I have the personality that is once I start something I MUST FINISH (or I simply don’t start).
I went to grad school right after college while some of my friends took a break before going to grad school. I did it this way because I knew that if I didn’t go straight through I never would go at all.
Where am I going with this?
When YOU think about setting goals for yourself consider who you are and what is really attainable for YOU.
In terms of the goal you set, make it: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, trackable.
Think about: WHAT you want to accomplish, WHEN you want to accomplish it, WHERE you want to accomplish it, WHO may be involved in helping you, HOW you are going to reach it, WHY you want to accomplish it.
As an example…we all hear people say “I’m going to get healthier in the new year.” This is a wish. Some goals based on this wish could look something like this:
I am going to eliminate all soda from my diet and replace it with water. I am going to walk 20 minutes/day 2-3 week and I’ll ask my buddy to join me. I’m going to fully commit to this for one month because my health is most important. I’m setting a great example for my children. At the end of the month I will evaluate my progress and set new goals for February.
What are YOU hoping to accomplish this year?