I’m sure a lot of you are making New Year’s Resolutions today. Below are some ideas for accomplishing your goals:
- KISS—Keep it simple and specific. Isn’t that much nicer than saying “stupid”? By keeping goals simple rather than grand in scale, you are much more likely to accomplish them. Keeping them specific means that you will know what you are aiming for. Instead of “I’ll lose weight this year” say “I’ll lose 5 pounds before March 1st and another 5 by June 1st…” By making it measurable and doable, you aren’t setting yourself up for failure.
- What would it look like if you accomplished the goal? Sometimes it is hard for people to make goals measurable. “I will be happy this year” is a goal that is hard to know if you’ve made progress on. Instead, think about what you would be doing, what you would look like, how you would interact with others differently, how you would feel, etc. “I’ll have one social outing a month” “I’ll start wearing my make-up and jewelry again” –those are goals that are easier to see realized.
- Put the goal in the positive. Instead of “I’ll stop watching TV all of the time” or “I’ll stop being so grumpy” focus on the opposite, more positive side of the goal. Even “I’ll lose 5 lbs” focuses you on the negative of being overweight. Instead say, “I’ll exercise 3 times a week” “I’ll eat at least 4 fruits and vegetables each day” “I’ll drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.” Those are activities that bring you into a positive mindset; they are focused on what you can do about a problem rather than just self-deprivation.