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How to set SMART New Year's Resolutions


It’s the day after Christmas, and I hope that each and every one of you had a wonderful time. But I know that if you’re anything like me, thoughts of what’s to come will be starting to creep into your mind. Getting back into the gym and back into a normal way of eating (I love mince pies, but I just don’t think I want to see another one until Christmas 2018 now).


It’s great to be thinking ahead, and planning to have a super healthy 2018. But good intentions can tend to slip when there’s no real focus or goal in sight.


So whether you’re into resolution setting or not, it’s a good idea to have a goal: a bit of direction. And if you’re ready to get goal setting then be SMART, and try following these simple steps to give yourself the best possible chance to wind up where you want to be:


Be Specific. Ask yourself what exactly it is that you want to achieve. Really think about it. Where? How? When? With whom? Why? Possible limitations? Alternatives?


Make it Measurable. How do you know you’ve reached something or somewhere if you don’t put a marker on it? Defining your goal by using measurable elements will make it clearer, and easier to obtain.


Make it Attainable. Is your goal really going to work for you? Weigh it up – it’s the effort, time and any other associated costs Vs. your life as it currently is. It’s fine to aim high, but plan it SMARTly.


Be Realistic. Your goal needs to be something that you are both willing and able to work on and able achieve. Don’t set yourself a huge, daunting task. Try a series of mini SMART goals.


Finally, put a Time-Frame on it. Without one there’s no sense of urgency and that won’t help you get things done. By working to a schedule you’re far more likely to succeed.


And remember, a goal is for life, not just for New Year’s. Don’t worry if you slip off the path at some point – you don’t have to wait until 2019 to start over – just jump right back on where you fell off.


27/12/2017 11:54 - As a sports therapist I am always using Markwell Fitness training tips in my clinic for my clients
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