The New Year is a time when we take stock of what we have experienced over the past year and what we hope to welcome in.
It’s a time when we reflect on our goals for the year ahead. And it’s a time when we usually make our New Year’s Resolution’s.
Do you find that each year you are making the same New Year’s resolutions because they don’t stick?
You’re not alone. Research shows that four out of five people who make New Year’s resolutions will eventually break them, and a third won’t even make it until February.
How many New Year’s resolutions have you made, only to break them because you’re too busy, you lost your motivation, or maybe you just weren’t that committed to making changes?
Change is hard. It requires a real commitment, planning, and follow-through.
The real problem is that resolutions are too vague or unachievable, so we set ourselves up to fail.
Instead of making a resolution this year, there is a better approach if you really want to make changes that stick.
In my coaching practice, I help my clients set goals that they can stick to using S.M.A.R.T. goals– These are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
Most clients come to me initially because they want to lose weight. Part of how I help clients is to get them to drill down that vague goal.
The question then is ” HOW is this going to happen?” It’s really important to get ALL of the details.
I’ll give you a real-life example so you can see what I mean:
I was having a coaching conversation with a client the other day and she really wanted to cut down on how much added sugar she was eating.
Since coaching is a collaboration, we did some brainstorming to come up with some possible solutions.
One of the things that my client felt she could do was to substitute naturally sweet foods into her diet. For her, this meant adding in fruit. This strategy was ideal, because it helped her transition to a healthier way of eating without having to follow a restrictive diet.
The S.M.A.R.T. goal we developed: “I will add one serving of fruit to my breakfast every day this week.”
Having a S.M.A.R.T. goal transforms your desire with details, which leads to success.
Focusing on all aspects of your lifestyle also sets you up for success. That’s why a holistic approach to health and wellness works. It addresses all areas of your life, including health, self-care and relationships.
Many of the women I work with come to me because they want to lose weight, but they soon discover that weight loss does not occur in a vacuum. There are so many other aspects that come into play, things like stress, never having enough time for themselves, and staying on track.
So, set yourself up for success and make a S.M.A.R.T. goal today!!
I’d love to hear from you!! What are your S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2018? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
What are you ready to say “yes!” to in 2018? Would you like to clear on what you want to realize in the year to come. Create an actionable plan and get the support you need to make it happen!