As we are at the beginning of a New Year and we can finally say good-bye to 2020, thoughts turn to making resolutions. We hope that we will do positive things to change our lives for the better.
Most resolutions typically involve improving health, well-being and finances. Although resolutions are made with good intentions, studies have shown that about 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. If you want to achieve your resolutions, you may want to follow the SMART goal guide to setting objectives.
As an example, your goal is to bicycle to work twice per week:
Specific – be clear about your resolution. Instead of saying I want to be more active; resolve to bike to work twice a week.
Measurable – I will bike 4 miles this week.
Attainable – choose a goal that is possible. My schedule is flexible enough to allow me to achieve biking to work twice a week.
Relevant – keep it realistic to your goal. I am physically able to bike and have a bike that will allow me to commute.
Time-sensitive – give yourself a time frame to meet your goal. I will have one week to bike 4 miles.
Whatever your resolutions are for 2021, the SMART guide may help you reach them.
Wishing you a 2021 that is healthy and safe!