According to researcher John Norcross and his colleagues, who published their findings in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, approximately 50 percent of the population makes resolutions each New Year. – Psychology Today
One of the top resolutions people made were related to weight loss, exercise, and better overall health. Did you make any resolutions earlier this year? Were they related to your health? How realistic were they? As I write this article it is currently the beginning of January, I hope you haven’t just been sitting around.
If you’ve abandoned your resolution, don’t feel bad. Research states that roughly only 8% of people achieved their new years goals. Thats a pretty small percentage of people who were successful, and it makes me wonder why. What is it that makes us fail at the goals we set for ourselves?
Lets take a look at a few possibilities and their solutions…
- Our goals tend to be too vague. Saying that you want to be “in shape” or that you want to “look better” does not really mean much, it doesn’t define anything specific. For example, if you were trying to get to somewhere you have never been before, you wouldn’t want to only type in just a city name into your GPS. Think deeper and get specific. Make it as easy as you can to get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.
- Our goals can be too unrealistic. I’m not telling you to not dream big, what I am saying is that if you think your going to lose 40lbs in one week it’s most likely unrealistic (and more importantly dangerous).Setting your goals high isn’t an issue in and of itself but many of us tend to think we can accomplish more in a given period of time than we really can, be realistic with yourself.
- Our goals are too uptight and rigid. Shit happens in life and the future is not guaranteed. The most successful people did not get to where they are by following some linear path. There will be times were you will completely crush the tasks you set for yourself and then there will be times where you will completely fail. Assess each setback and accomplishment, learn from it, and adjust your path accordingly.
- We aren’t having fun.We all set goals so that we can experience some sort of future happiness. We trek along starving ourselves, limiting what we can and cannot do, sometimes making ourselves miserable just so we can get to whatever imaginary finish line of never-ending happiness we have envisioned in our head. However, what happens if we accomplish our goal and it isn’t what we expected? What if our original image of success doesn’t match up to our new reality? Listen, most things in life worth having will present various levels of challenges along the way, however remember that happiness is not a destination but instead it is a state of a being. Lets put our focus on the present. What can we do now that is related to our goal that will make us happy today and further our progress? Enjoy the process and embrace it.
- Goals can be too overwhelming. We need to break our big goals into smaller ones that take less time to achieve. This process of “chunking” our goals is a great way to measure progress, reduce our feelings of being overwhelmed, and more importantly it lets us celebrate our milestones along the way. Chunking also lets us adjust our path accordingly to our current environment and difficulties.
- Our goals have no accountability. You can absolutely be successful without telling anyone what you are trying to achieve, however writing down your goals, telling someone, or joining a group can be a great way to be reach your goals . Making your goals public can encourage you to stay on track and not give up when things get hard. By surrounding yourself with others who are trying to achieve similar goals it will help fuel you to push further and not give up. Surround yourself with positivity, being constantly negative only breeds negativity and leads to stagnation and failure.
SMART GOALS Simplified.
Use these simple questions below to formulate your SMART GOALS for 2017!
Answer the following “W” questions to help you define your goal:
- Who: Who is involved?
- What: What do I want to accomplish?
- Where: Identify a location.
- When: Establish a time frame.
- Which or How: Identify requirements and constraints.
- Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
Lastly Incorporate someone or somehow to hold yourself accountable.
Good Luck, lets crush 2017!
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