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- Many people make resolutions, yet only 8% are achieved.
- We provide our top 5 tips to help you to achieve your resolution goals
The top 5…
- Set S.M.A.R.T. goals
- Write down your goals
- Find support
- Find what works
- Celebrate mini-milestones
Resolutions…we’ve all made them and we’ve all struggled at some point to keep them. Studies show that only 8% of individuals actually achieve their New Year’s goals. Resolve that this year will be different!
- Health iQ tips(s): Here are our top 5 tips to help you stick to your resolutions:
1. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals:
- Specific: To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions: Who? What? Why? Where? When? Which?
- Measureable: Establish concrete criteria for measuring your progress towards your goal.
- Attainable: Figure out ways you can attain your goal(s).
- Realistic: To be considered realistic, you must be both willing and able to work toward the goal. A goal can be high (in fact you’re more likely to achieve a high goal because of the higher motivational force required to achieve the goal), but it still needs to be possible given your unique situation.
- Timely: A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to the goal there’s no sense of urgency and it’s less likely you’ll achieve your goal.
- Examples of smart goals could be – lose 10 lbs in 3 months, save 10% of paycheck, or read one new book per week.
- Write down your goals. Research shows that we are more likely to reach our goals if we write them down. But writing down our goals and never looking at them again isn’t very helpful. So, we suggest writing down your goal(s) and posting them in places that reminds you about your goal.
- Find support. Research shows that you’re more likely to acheive your goal when you share your goals and commitments with others. So find an accountability partner. An accountability partner doesn’t need to be a spouse or significant other. It could be a coach, a friend, a colleague or anyone you trust and respect enough that will keep you accountable.
- Find what fits. We’re more likely to stick to our goals if we like what we’re doing and it fits our schedule. So discover what you like to do and make it fit your schedule.
- Celebrate mini-milestones. You’re goal might be to lose 30lbs, but loosing 30 lbs doesn’t happen overnight (we can speak from personal experience). That’s why we think it’s important to break the goal up into mini goals and celebrate those milestones. It will keep you more motivated, happier and you’re more likely to reach your ultimate goal.
If you follow these tips and stick with your goals, in time you’ll find it will become easier.
Make this year your BEST year yet! You deserve it!!!
We’d love to hear from you! What are your goals for 2016?
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