New Year’s Resolutions – The importance of setting SMART goals

January is often a time where a lot of goals are made, and inevitably, broken. 

It can be so easy to not stick to a new year’s resolution; the first week goes well, but then gradually you slip back into old habits. By a month in, you’ve given up.

New Year’s Resolutions, and goals in general, often fail because they’re not SMART, i.e. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. 

To explain further, I will be using the goal of losing weigh to demonstrate how to make a goal SMART.

It is important to first be specific. A goal will not succeed if it is too vague. If you’re trying to lose weight; how much? By clearly defining your goal, you put yourself in the best position to accomplish it.

Secondly, a goal must be measurable. You CAN measure how much weight you have lost; you can weigh yourself. This is often when goals fail however. Imagine someone saying “I want to start a successful company.” What are they defining as successful? How can they measure this?  

Thirdly, your goal must be achievable. It’s no good saying you want to lose five stone in a month. Research thoroughly what you want to achieve, the realities of doing so, and whether people have been able to do it before. Research how you can realistically achieve your goal. It’s great to think big, but not being realistic is often detrimental to achieving something. Start small, and work your way up.

Next, you have to make sure your goal is relevant to you. Sticking to the example, why do you want to lose weight? If it is to feel healthier and be more confident, this is a good reason to do so. If it is to impress someone you used to be friends with at school, it is most likely not relevant. 

Finally, your goal should be time-bound. When do you want to have lost the weight by? Without having a time-frame for your goal, it can be easy to get sidetracked, or to lose focus. Time boundaries allow you to work effectively, and give you the ability to work towards your goal.

Whilst being able to write SMART goals is important, it is also important to tackle the thought processes behind how we achieve. With a range of training and video lectures, our ROC course is designed to help you develop and grow as a leader in your own life.

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