Make your goals stick this year with a specific plan. As busy women, often times, we begin the year with Resolutions by only stating our desired outcomes. We know what we want as the end result such as complete a 5K, lose 10 lbs, or eat healthier. What we can sometimes fail to do is to have a plan of action on how to get there. Research suggests that 50% of persons starting an exercise program will drop out within the first 6 months. It can happen because we have become overwhelmed with what we want to accomplish and make no changes in our current schedule or routine to making lasting results. Instead, we as “more than conquerors,” decide to add more and more to our plate, without taking anything off. Sound familiar? When writing your resolutions and goals for the year, ask yourself if they are: SMART SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACTIONED BASED, REALISTIC and TIME BOUND.
You goal should be Specific in describing a plan to attain your desired results? Instead of saying, I am going to start exercising and eating healthier, get very specific about how that looks to you.
I will exercise for 30 minutes three days a week.
I will exercise 5 days a week for 20 minutes.
I will decrease my fast food intake from 4x to 2x each week.
I will eat 2 fruits a day.
Often times, we say, I am going to start taking better care of myself or I am going to have more time for myself and God. The question is “how will you know you are taking better care of yourself”
Write your goals stating how you will Measure your success?
This year, I will be taking better care of myself, by attending one yoga class a week
I will have quiet time with God by getting up 30 minutes earlier than my normal routine 3days a week.
To get results, we need to know what Actions we will take go get us there. If you are determined this year to decrease your blood pressure or cholesterol or to lose a pant size, your goal needs to be action based.
To decrease my cholesterol, I will decrease my fried food from 3x per week to 1x per week
To lose one pant size I will decrease my calories by 500 a day.
Our actions and behaviors give us results. I believe knowing the action you will do to get the results is the most important component of a goal.
Side note: My personal goal this year is to avoid talking on the phone in my car by putting my purse and phone in the back seat. (my action)
Are you being Realistic with yourself? If you currently do not have time to exercise, having a goal to now exercise 5 days a week may be unrealistic, so change it to 3. Set yourself up for success. In order for you attain your goals, you need to have confidence that you can do them. If you feel the goal itself can be obtained, such as five days of exercise, something else may need to change in your current lifestyle such as giving up another activity (TV, social time, a little sleep) to make it happen.
Try to make your goals be Time Bound. In other words, it is easy to procrastinate if we have not given ourselves a personal deadline.
I will run a 5K by June 1
I will walk three times a week by May 1.
When you put it into a plan that works for you, this year can be very different. Remember:
“Next year, you will have wished you would have started today”