Written on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 at 4:18 pm by Christiane

How is it going with the New Years resolutions?

Already struggling? It’s an old game, almost a ritual – we start every year fiercely determined to make important changes in our life, from losing weight to exercising more, or sleeping more…..and then, after two weeks, it’s over and we are back to square one. The problem:  we don’t do it right with the resolutions. Psychologists say that setting SMART goals will increase success rates.

Here is what the acronym SMART stands for with respect to resolutions and goals:

S= Specific: Make a specific resolution. Instead of “eating healthier” , “I will eat two apples per day”

M= Measurable:  Make your progress measurable. Example: if you want to lose 10 pounds overall, then losing one pound per week is measurable.

A= Attainable: Be realistic. Don’t hope  to lose 20 pounds in two months and then keeping the pounds off.  For permanent weight loss you must take it slow. The same applies to all major lifestyle changes. If you didn’t exercise at all before, don’t expect to do it suddenly one hour per day. Unrealistic expectations are the main reason that people give up on their resolutions.

R= Relevant:  Is your health relevant to you? If not, why a resolution concerning a healthy lifestyle? Don’t do it, just because your friends want to improve their health. You won’t stick to health related resolutions anyway and it would be just a waste of time. Don’t make more thean 2 or 3 resolutions and stick to things you are passionate about.

T= Time-bound: Set a time frame within which you will realize your resolutions. As I said before, drastic lifestyle changes are not happening in one minute.

If you are unsure how these rules apply to your personal goals, I like to offer you my life coaching services. Together, we will find the right goals for you. Goals that are really important to you and structured in a way that you have the best chances to turn them into reality.

4 Responses to “SMART Goals”

  1. Personal Growth and Self Improvement says:

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  2. ByeongJoo says:

    The only resolutions I make these days inolvve my blog. But I think you’ve made some good ones, and I hope you achieve all your goals.Happy new year!–Anna

  3. Sue says:

    Thanks i had forgotten to save the prrefences! anyways i have 1 more question to bother you with! something happened and now whenever i press B i cant see the radius of the select tool, no radius or border lines! But i still can chose the vertices! it happened to me before in blender 2.49 and i still couldnt fix it no matter what i tried, uninstalling the program, downloading a fresh file but still nothing which is why i turned to blender 2.6 and thus am having trouble with the new layout! it must have been some button i hit, i dnt knw! any sure way to fix this?Thanks in advance

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