Did you make some resolutions for 2018?
Here’s a quick tip. Don’t make amorphous resolutions. Make SMART goals. SMART stands for different things depending on who you ask but the first two letters always stand for SPECIFIC and MEASURABLE and the T always stands for something to do with time. Some folks use TIME-BASED and others use TIME-BOUND. Many use the less accurate word TIMELY. What they all mean is that your goals should be Specific and Measurable and should include a time by which they will be attainted.
So “getting in shape” is not a SMART goal. Losing 20 pounds by June 1st might be.
Let’s look at the other two letters.
A usually stands for ATTAINABLE or ACHIEVABLE and R can stand for REALISTIC but I prefer to say that it stands for RELEVANT.
So you want to look at your goal and see if it’s physically possible. If you want to lose weight its considered safe to lose 1 or 2 pounds a week. To lose 20 pounds you should set your deadline at least 10 weeks in the future to make it ACHIEVABLE.
And is it relevant? Do your goals line up with your theme or your purpose? If you want to change your career it may not be relevant to spend a lot of time learning how to play the tuba.
So write out your goals so that they are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.
Now share them with someone. Maybe ask them to hold you accountable.
Now unfold them backward through time. If you want to lose 20 pounds in 10 weeks you should figure out how much you should lose in the next week (at least 2 pounds). You also need to put structures in place to support you in the actions needed to reach your goals.
This whole process takes resolutions from fantasyland and transforms them into goals that actually live in reality.