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New Years Resolutions - How to Set Effective Goals
New Years Resolutions - How to Set Effective Goals

2020 is almost over, and boy was that was quick! With a new year comes a new opportunity for change and a fresh start. It’s the time of year that we can reflect on the year behind us, and create goals for self betterment in the days ahead. However, oftentimes these resolutions are much easier to make than to keep.

A recent study found that only 12% of people who made New Year’s resolutions felt that they were successful at achieving their goals. How can we make more effective goals to help keep this years resolution? The following tips may help you beat the odds.

SMART goals

S: Make sure the goal is specific – What do I want to accomplish? Why is this goal important? Who is involved?Which resources or limits are involved?

M: Make sure your goals are measurable – How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

A: The goals needs to be realistic and achievable: How can I attain this goal? How realistic is the goal based on other factors, is it financially attainable/ do you have the necessary resources to be successful?

R: Make sure your goal is relevant, matters to you, and aligns with other goals of yours: Is this the right time? Does this seem worthwhile? Does it match other efforts/needs? Am I the right person to reach this goal?

T: Every goal needs to be time-bound. Have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward – How much time will I dedicate each day or week to this goal? Do you need to make smaller goals to train or take an exam before you can start achieving your final objective? Are you willing to put in the time?

Find an Accountability Buddy!

One of the most successful ways to reach goals is by utilizing the buddy system. Having a solid support system or accountability buddy can help you stay motivated and accountable. Even better, try and find someone who is willing to take on the goal or challenge with you!

Avoid Repeating Past Failed Goals

Try not to keep the same resolution year after year. If you do choose to reach for the same goals you have tried for in the past, spend some time evaluating your previous results. Which strategies were the most or least effective? What has prevented you from keeping your resolution in past years? Consider altering your resolution slightly to make it more feasible. By changing your approach, you will be more likely to see real results this year.

Hopefully these tips will help you yield better results in the years to come!


Author: Jenny Kurtz