Raise your hand if you love New Year’s Resolutions! Raise your hand if you have ever kept yours? Yeah, okay, are you seeing what I am seeing? That air simply has NO hands in it. Let’s shake things up a bit this year.
Ever think maybe you are doing this all wrong? HA, here I am, telling you that you can’t even make resolutions correctly! But, I have come to realize my odds of enjoying and keeping my resolutions increase when I manage them properly. Humor me a moment.
When the new year begins, I have so many goals. And they are all important! I want to be healthy! I want to go on a vacation! I want to solve world peace! Really, the list is big and bold and I feel ready to tackle it all. Then I wake up January 2 and get overwhelmed. What did I say I would do? Gulp. Maybe I should just crawl back in bed.
Ever heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals? I studied this concept when earning my Personal Trainer Certification and I have been enjoying applying it to all things life. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. When I sit down to set up a goal for myself, I don’t shoot in the dark anymore, I create S.M.A.R.T. goals. It’s been life changing.
Last year my personal resolution was to complete my Spartan Trifecta. Guess what? I did it! That’s how I knew my new method for coming up with resolutions works for me.
OK, you’re going to hear it here first folks! My New Year’s Resolutions are going down in black and white.
The cell phone. That rectangular little electronic piece of equipment that my hands, eyes and mind are connected to 24/7. Well, my personal resolution is to allot evening hours where I am NOT attached to it. With starting a business, it’s been a constant buzz for connectivity to co-owners, members and marketing apps. But, family first. So, on the resolution list it goes!
So, it isn’t news that I am starting a business. An actual, brick-n-mortar, membership-driven facility that is requiring every ounce of my being to have even a spark of a chance at succeeding. So, the goals for this section of my life are a plenty. However, in working towards a S.M.A.R.T. goal, I am stating my New Year’s Professional Resolution as follows: improve name recognition. Yup. I’m starting a business and I stink at remembering people’s names. Thank you Grandma Angie! I know I inherited it from her! I’ve read that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language. OK, I’m on it!
How am I going to make myself better? I could say the broad goal of being healthier or loving myself for who I am right now. But, those are constant, ongoing goals. With trying to be SMART, focusing on specific and timely goals, I want to by the first Spartan race in March, have steadily increased my running miles per week. And by year’s end, I want to master a handstand walk, muscle up and one rung lache. You know, just a few things! But, at least I have narrowed down what I want which will allow me to create a plan to tackle it all.
OK, these resolutions are now out in the open. I would love to hear yours and I hope you don’t shy away from them like I always have in the past. Sitting down and dividing your goals into categories makes the goals more manageable. And keeping with the SMART formula will make those goals achievable.
Don’t be afraid of Jan. 2! Wake up the next day ready to get started.
I know I will. (If not, someone show me this post.)