There are a billion tools out there to help you set achievable resolutions, such as the “S.M.A.R.T.” method of goal-setting. Let’s dive into the components of this helpful acronym.
Let’s say you want to be more social in the new year. This, again, is simply a desire. To convert it into a SMART goal, define the specific outcome you want to achieve. “I want to make 10 new friends.”
Then, think of ways to measure it. Maybe a new connection means 10 new contacts in your phone. That’s measurable. Also, honestly consider whether your goal is attainable. If you’re pretty introverted as it is, then maybe bump your goal down to 5 new connections. “Attainable” also relates to what actions you will take to accomplish your goal.
R stands for relevant. Is your goal relevant to what you value overall in your life? Value-oriented goals are backed by better motivation since our values guide and inform our behaviors. In the case of our example, maybe being more social fits in with your value for friendship.
Finally, let’s consider the time-bound part. The last thing you want to give a personal resolution, like eating healthier, is a deadline. This inevitably creates pressure and frustration. But a time-bound goal can still offer a way for you to break up your overall goal into manageable chunks. Maybe in one month, you’ll focus on simply getting out of the house more, and the next month you’ll accept that invitation to drinks with your coworkers. Take baby steps.
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