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Have you already broken your New Year’s resolution?

43% of all people expect to fail before February, and almost one out of four quit within the first week of setting their New Year's resolution. Most people quit before the end of January, and only 9% see their resolutions through until succession. 9% successfully keep their New Year's resolutions. Nov 15, 2022, › Goal-setting

In the last few years, I have not made any resolutions. I am part of that 43% that expects to fail before February. With an attitude of defeat, total failure is close behind. The problem with not making a resolution is I did not evaluate my year and set reasonable goals for the coming year.

There is a difference between a resolution and a goal. A resolution is a statement of what you want to change—for example, losing weight. A goal is a statement of what you want to achieve, the steps you need to take, and when you want to achieve it. Setting a measurable goal allows a person to evaluate the progress and make necessary adjustments to complete it.

The SMART acronym is helpful in goal setting. For example

· SPECIFIC - I want to lose 100 pounds

· MEASURABLE - I will lose 100 pounds in six months

· ACHIEVABLE - I will lose 5 pounds a month

· RELEVANT - I want to fit into regular-sized clothing

· TIMELY - I will lose 60 pounds this year

What goals can be made that will fit in the SMART format?

· Running a marathon.

· Write a book.

· Building a better relationship

o For example – work on building a better relationship with your father

· Work goal

o Example – Start a side business

· Increase Sales.

· Become a better leader at work.

· Establish better communication.

· Wake up earlier

· Emotional regulation.

o Example – gain a better sense of emotional control

· Wake up earlier.

· Learn Spanish.

I have used the SMART method as an example. However, there are many other formats for goal setting. While researching SMART goal setting, I found the 5 Rs of goal setting: Results, Reasons, Reflections, Resources, and Responsibilities. An essential thing to remember about goal setting is that it must be observable and measurable.

All this being said, if you have already broken your New Year’s Resolution, don’t give up. Instead, try taking some time and setting goals!!

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