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New Year’s Resolutions vs Goals

Author: KaDeana Roland    Posted: December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!  Here’s to 2016!

I love this time of year.  It is cliché to say it is a new year, new birth, new beginning but it is.  I take full advantage of it.

This is the time of year for you to set some goals.  Start fresh.  Perhaps you need to remove someone from your Facebook page or snapchat that you just don’t enjoy reading their comments.

Don’t waste your time and energy on the negative people.  Why does traffic slowdown in your direction when the accident is on the other side of the freeway? Because people are nosey and negativity seems more interesting than positivity (and it spreads).

How do I create a goal?  Very easy.  The key is to create your goal and continue to revisit it. Don’t just put it on a piece of paper and forget about it!

The easiest way to create a goal is by using the “SMART” goal system.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Result-focused
  • Time Management

So let’s pick a really popular goal: “I want to lose weight.”  This is probably the most common New Year’s resolution each year for Americans.

But let’s turn it into a Smart Goal!

Specific – “I want to lose weight” should be  “I want to lose 20 pounds”

Measurable – how will I measure this goal now that I have been specific.  It doesn’t just happen. I will say I will work out every other day for at least 45 minutes a day.  I can measure if I am showing up to the gym every other day and I can measure if I am working out for 45 minutes or am I leaving after 15.  I can also measure my caloric intake, heart rate, water intake (if we want to be literal)

Achievable – This is really important.  With the normal “I want to lose weight” how many people quit after a week?  Yes, we all want something but if it feels so out of reach that we cannot obtain it… we will feel like failures and quit because no one wants to beat themselves up for ever.  What you need to do is set small achievable measurements… by week 1 I want to lose 3 lbs. and show up to the gym 3 times.  (Yay Me I did it!) I will get an accountability partner, I will skim down on my carbs, I will rotate cardo and aerobics … these are small but achievable measurements that help you work towards your main goal!

Result-focused and Relevance – Goals should measure your outcome not just activity.  Exercise!!! You can mix it up, walk, swim – Make sure to track your results!  (brag about them!  When you talk about your results with your friends and family it not only feels great but it continues to keep you accountable.

Time Management – This is your goal for the period, week, or day.  You will have the major goal to focus on but you will need to break this up into small chunks.  It could be daily or weekly and then the goal will reset.  This way it is not so large and so far away you forget about it or put it off.  Every day you will do something or many little things to help you get closer to your goal.

Now that you have created your goal – Execute and continue to revisit your goal.  If you are sidetracked… don’t beat yourself up.  Just restart!

In years past when making a resolution I felt like I just came up with on because a year had ended and a new one was coming.  A Goal is something we really think about, plan and cultivate to fruition!  “Smart goals” and positivity will help you achieve your goals.  I have also attached a great link with 20 tips for a positive new year by Jon Gordon.

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