New Year, New You!
Written by Christian Kassis
Happy new year to all! With 2019 beginning, many are looking to adjust and improve their lifestyle. Many people are given advice on what their goals should be; however, it's rare to be advised on how not to structure your goals. Here are a few tips on what to avoid when creating your goals (plus, one recommendation of what you should do!):
1. Avoid large and unreasonable goals. Ideally, your goals should be concise and reasonable (ie. in a certain pace and time). When your goals are organized and reasonable, it becomes far more likely for you to succeed. Following the SMART guidelines is a good way to measure the effectiveness of your goal. (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound). A good example would be to lose 10 pounds in a month is a reasonable and attainable goal.
2. Do not to overly fault yourself and drop your goal. It is very difficult to succeed on the first try, but try again once you failed instead of giving up! To keep with the goal even after you’ve failed demonstrates remarkable perseverance as well as the willingness and to achieve said goals.
3. Do not forget about your goals. Many of us will act contrary to our ambitions simply because we forget about them. Remind yourself of your resolution every day, in any way possible (ie. writing down your goals for each week and reviewing them every morning and night; leaving notifications or any other method of reminder). Studies show that leaving and constantly updating reminders aids memory and committing to routine aid to strengthen habits
Now a recommendation, we should all take a moment for self-reflection. What do you do well? What do you struggle with? Who do you want to be around? What do you want to accomplish this year? Reflecting on your life allows you to evaluate redirect your efforts in a way that will allow for positive change.
I hope you took something away from this article. Once again Happy New Year!