How to Stick to Your Resolution this Year
Many people who make goals use the S.M.A.R.T. system to help them achieve success.
S stands for SPECIFIC. Is this a clear goal that you can see concretely? For example, making time to go outside each day is a clear goal, just as well as earning a 3.0 grade point average each quarter.
M stands for MEASURABLE. Can you actually measure your progress and results? If you are gearing up to run a 5K race, keep track of how far you are able to run each day. If you decide you are going to swap sodas for water, track how many many times you’ve swapped water for soda each day/week/month.
A is for ACHIEVABLE. You may not be ready to climb Mt. Everest today, but if you start with a reasonable, more achievable goal, it will be easier to attain. If your goal is to write a 300 page novel, perhaps writing 25 pages per month is more sensible, and then work your way up.
R means RELEVANT. Is this a goal that is important to you for the right reasons? If you are doing it reluctantly because you really don’t want to, then maybe this resolution isn’t for you right now. If you decide to run for class president because you want to stand out and be popular, but you aren’t really interested in performing the duties of class president, then maybe you should try something else.
T represents TIME. Can you achieve this goal in a reasonable amount of time? If your resolution is to run a marathon, you might want to cut the goal into smaller chunks over a greater period of time, such as a 5K race, then a 10K, and work your way up gradually until you are fully prepared for a marathon race.
If you choose to start a New Year’s resolution for 2022, keep working at it, don’t be afraid to fail once in a while, and we wish you the very best of luck!
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