With only three days left until Christmas and ten days until the New Year, I have been reflecting on this year and planning for what’s to come in 2016.
I have always been one to set new year’s resolutions. I am aware that many people think they are stupid because they think no one ever actually does what they set out to do. This belief is true in many cases. I actually have been able to make resolutions and keep them sometimes, but I have also fallen into the category of not following through on other resolutions. Goal setting really seems to be the better way to go.
I have mentioned before the importance of setting SMART goals. These goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-related. So, instead of making a resolution that you will lose weight this year, set a SMART goal. An example would be: I will lose 20 pounds by April 30, 2016. This is a specific goal. It is measurable because there is a specific number of pounds in the goal. It is attainable, which means it is realistic. Twenty pounds is a very realistic goal in 4 months for someone who needs/wants to lose that much. It is a relevant goal for someone who needs/wants to lost weight. And lastly, it is time-related because a deadline was set. Obviously, not everyone’s resolutions and/or goals are gong to be about losing weight, but this is just an example. SMART goals can be applied to basically any goal you want to set.
A couple of months ago I was reading a blog that recommended Lara Casey’s Powersheets to help with goal setting. I am getting the six month set for Christmas and I can’t wait to get my hands on them. From what I have read, there are some sheets at the beginning that really make you think about what has worked for you in the past, what hasn’t worked, what your priorities are, etc.
I also like the idea of picking a one word word theme for the year. So, I am thinking about what I want my word to be, but I want to wait until my Powersheets come in before I make any definite decisions. So, I plan to post on January 1st what I pick as my one word theme, what I think of the Powersheets at that point, and what I picked as some of my goals for 2016.
Until next time, enjoy all of the Christmas festivities! 🙂