As we approach a new year, a new decade, many of us are motivated to commit to new year's resolutions. The problem is that the failure rate for new year's resolution is 80%! Not exactly encouraging.
As we embark on a brand new decade, let's try to a new approach and increase our chances of success. This year, forget resolutions and instead write a SMART goal. Ready? it's takes two easy steps.
Step 1. Write a SMART Goal
A resolution is a commitment to a vague goal. A SMART goal is roadmap to a measurable result.
S- Specific. Instead of saying "I'm going to get healthy this year. Say I'm going to take yoga classes."
M- Measurable. How many yoga classes?
A- Achievable. You have identified a yoga studio that you like.
R- Realistic. You have carved out the time in your weekly schedule for your yoga class. You have no major physical or practical barriers in your way
T- Time bound. By what date will you have accomplished your SMART goal.
2. Put a value on it.
On a scale of 1-10, ten being the most important, how much does it mean to you to achieve this goal? Anything below a 7 should be a red flag. SMART goals should be driven by an internal, individual desire, not because it looks good to the outside world.
Here's my SMART goal for 2020
In 2020, I'm going to increase my Mindfulness meditation practice by meditating for twenty minutes, five days a week. I will do this for 12 months.
This is a 9 for me.
I would love to hear about your SMART goal for 2020. Please either post it in the comments section or send it to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org