This is the time of year when I become reflective, looking at what I’ve done in the previous year and what I intend to accomplish in the next. This year I plan to focus on health and creating a thriving and successful practice.
The top five New Year’s resolutions are to: exercise more, lose weight, eat more healthy, drink less alcohol, and stop smoking. Statistics tell us that forty percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution yet only eight percent actually accomplish their goal. What is the difference between a resolution that is accomplished and one that falls to the wayside? Have you ever heard of a SMART Goal?
SMART Goals is an acronym for a goal written in a Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Timely manner. But what does that mean? Let’s break down one of my goals and make it a SMART.
Rather than the vague “focus on health and create a thriving and successful practice” a SMART goal process requires specificity. So let’s reword my “exercise more” resolution with that in mind:
I will work out at home or the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until April 1.
SPECIFIC (I will work out)
MEASURABLE (every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
ACTIONABLE (at home or at the gym - I have both a gym membership as well as free weights at home)
REALISTIC (I’ve been working out twice a week for the past couple of months so this isn’t too far of a stretch)
TIMELY (I have an end date where I can reevaluate)
Let’s look at the other top New Year’s resolutions and make them SMART:
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What is your 2018 New Year’s resolution?