Resolutions are vague. What is a resolution anyway? I came across this definition "the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something"
A resolution is a solution, it's a done-deal. You resolve conflicts and other problems.
But what if life is pretty good? Goals can be set to solve a problem or goals can be set to make a good thing even better. Goals are specific, measurable, believable and achievable.
New years resolutions are notoriously not-kept. The problem never gets resolved. Goal--directed living has a much more favorable outcome.
Set SMART goals
- Specific (not I will lose weight ~ but I will weigh 165 pounds)
- Measurable (you can weigh yourself, and measure progress)
- Achievable (at 5'10" tall this is achievable, 125 pounds is not achievable at this height) Along that vein, a goal to have a perfect 365 day logging streak in myfitnesspal is not a great goal because once you have missed a single day, it's not achievable anymore.
- Relevant (it has to be something you need and want to reach for, a goal to "eat more bacon" isn't relevant. A goal to weigh 165 lbs isn't relevant if you are at your ideal weight already.
- Time-bound (I will weigh 165lbs on or before 12/31/15 is a SMART GOAL it has a deadline)
Set Multiple Goals
Here are some of my goals for 2015
- I will publish 52 blog posts or more by 12/31/15
- I will engage in no fewer than 52 family "game-nights" without electronics by 12/31/15 activity is flexible as long as actual personal interaction involved IE not movie nights.
- I will take 3,500,000 steps by 12/31/15
- I will hike a 4,000 foot mountain by 12/31/15
- I will take a 3 day backpacking trip by 10/1/15 (after that it's too cold)
- I will have 98% success in rewire for achieving my 3 day per week goal of lifting weights.
Write down your goals & be accountable
Have an action plan
Review your goals often
What are your goals for 2015?