As the New Year approaches, women begin contemplating their resolutions. This can be a disappointing process as we often aim high and are surprised when by January 5th, we are already eating pints of Haagen Daaz, have stopped exercising, are working long hours and are spending too much time on Facebook.
Here are some smart ways to make resolutions based on Neuroscience Coach David Rock’s SMART model for goals.
First- A goal must be:
Specific– A lot of women want to drop the holiday pounds they put on or a few pounds or more in 2013. If you are going to achieve this goal, be specific. How much weight? Am I going to count calories or eat less carbohydrates? Drink more water? Eat many small meals? Am I going to do Zumba classes three times a week or 20 pushup and sit ups a day? List as many details as possible. Don’t forget to make the goal Attainable.
Measurable– Health experts say that measuring waist size is a more accurate measurement than pounds. Whatever you are going to measure (whether you can fit in that black dress or not), be consistent. Measure yourself in the morning when you first get up.
Attainable– Don’t set yourself up to fail!!! Make a reasonable goal that you can achieve and you will start the new year with a sense of accomplishment. Have someone help you be accountable for your diet and exercise program.
Relevant- Goals are only realized if they are relevant to you. Only if losing weight is important to you and you are motivated to succeed, can progress be made. Maybe this is a goal for you, but you are preoccupied with something else more important right now.
Time Limited– Your goal has to be completed within a certain time frame. Pick that time frame and stick to it. If you succeed, congratulations! If not, find a new goals when you are ready and make it SMART!