How to set a resolution you can actually keep

We all know that it’s the time of the year. Everyone’s had an insane amount of Christmas cookies and spent too much time on the couch then they like to admit.

If you’re feeling a little uneasy about your habits from the past days, weeks, heck even months I’m sure getting “healthy” for the New Year sounds good to you. So how do we set a resolution that we can actually accomplish? GLAD YA ASKED!

First and MOST importantly the goal should be something that you want for yourself. Not what your parents think, not what society think but what you truly want and are ready to commit to. Let’s use our example as “I want to lose weight”. Great, super common goal. Now let’s use SMART goals to make it an actually achievable goal.

1- Specific. the goal(s) needs to be something specific. Being “healthy” or isn’t enough. How do you know if you’re healthy? What’s your defining factor? Is doing yoga everyday your “healthy”? Eating meat once a week? Reaching a healthy bodyweight? The more specific you can make your goal the more real it becomes. So far we have-

Reach a healthy bodyweight.

2- Measureable. Arguably the most important aspect of SMART. Losing weight is not measureable. Losing 15lbs is! So far we have-

Reach a healthy bodyweight by losing 15lbs.

3- Action. The goal should be action focused. Losing weight fails this test too. Limiting eating out at restaurants to once a week is an action! The action can be added on to the original goal. So far now we have-

Lose 15lbs by limiting dining out to once a week.

4- Reasonable. In my opinion this is the hardest step. When setting a goal we are often excited and want to set lofty expectations. I would encourage you to really dig deep and make sure you are at least 75% confident you can do this. If you aren’t exercising at all currently don’t set a goal to exercise every single day. You will most likely burn out and fail which will lead to disappointment. Instead shoot for something you are confident in doing so you can feel good about it. So for our example we can limiting our dining out from once a week to 3 times a week. So far now we have-

Lose 15lbs by limiting dining out to 3 times a week.

5- Time based. Time is crucial to our goal setting. Losing 15lbs in 2 weeks is not achievable in a sustainable manner. Losing 15lbs in 3 months is more realistic. Now our goal is ready!!

I would like to lose 15lbs in 3 months by limiting my dining out to 3 times a week.

Ultimately weight loss has more to do with nutrition, so we may have to tweak and add to the goal along the way depending on our progress but now we have a solid definition of what we are working towards. Psychology has proven that setting and achieving goals helps boost motivation, self confidence and autonomy (psychologytoday.com). I hope this explanation helped you figure out how you want to set your resolutions this year. If you need help or guidance don’t hesitate to ask! Happy New Year 🎆

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