It’s because many people make resolutions that are not “S.M.A.R.T.” Goals must be “Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.” S.M.A.R.T. goals produce desired results.
Make goals specific:
How much weight do you want to lose or gain? When do you want to start your new business? What date will you start walking, jogging or running?
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“I will start walking, jogging, or running on Jan. 22, 2011.”
Make goals measurable:
“I will increase my walk, jog or run an additional 440 yards per week.” (By doing so, you increase your walk, jog or run one mile per month.)
Make goals attainable:
“I will walk, jog or run six miles by June 22, 2011.”
Done the math and give yourself plenty of time to reach the goal. Six months is realistic: add a quarter mile per week (440 yards) or a mile per month.
Make goals realistic:
Walking, jogging or running a marathon by June 22 may be unrealistic and unattainable. Six miles after six months is achievable because you gave yourself ample time. It is also realistic because you can choose to walk, jog or run.
Make goals timely:
Writing down June 22 is timely. You’ve made a commitment when you wrote it down.
Are your resolutions S.M.A.R.T. goals?