Jennifer Gomez, MSS, LCSW
Make a Resolution to set SMART Goals
You’ve probably seen or heard the motivational sayings that we aren’t just entering a new year, but an entirely new decade so this is your chance to really start fresh. The idea that each January 1st is your opportunity to make changes is an inspiring one. Beginning a new year also serves as permission to let go of old, negative habits and develop new, healthy ones. It’s a great concept and can be fantastic if it’s put into practice. However, there’s also a big problem with the resolutions we set at New Years…most of us can’t keep them.
Many resolutions don’t make it to February! If you’ve made a resolution, it was probably something important to you and when you “failed” to keep it, you may have felt guilty or dejected. In a world where people are regularly comparing their successes to others, the pressure to keep your resolutions can be anxiety provoking. “Failing” to keep your resolutions can feel frustrating and disappointing.
When you consider the resolutions you’re making, I encourage you to think about why you’ve identified those areas to change or improve. Resolutions are basically goals you’re setting for yourself. The difference between goals and resolutions is that goals are intentionally set and have a method to make them successful. Have you heard of SMART goals? SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. They become detailed so you have a stronger likelihood of achieving them. This year, instead of making resolutions around the things you want to change, create SMART goals and see your progress last through February.
If you want support in creating and achieving your SMART goals or if your resolutions are focused on your self improvement, please feel welcome to contact me to see how I can help you.
Happy New Year!