1. a firm decision to do or not to do something.
2. a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.
Every year, around this time, a lot of us, (if not most!), make a list of resolutions to keep all year. Resolutions seem so firm and rigid that it feels like an all or nothing. Sometimes this list could seem negative towards ourselves. We make a list of everything we have ever wanted to accomplish or change about ourselves and attempt to hit the ground running after the first of the year. Then a few weeks or so later or for some, a little longer, we feel defeated when we have not made any progress. Sound familiar?
What if this year, we are kind to ourselves. Instead every aspiration that we have ever dreamt, let’s be smart! Let’s make a small list of specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-specific goals. Let’s set tangible checkpoints that we can follow up on. Instead of listing everything we want to change about ourselves, we make a list of all the things we love about ourselves and look for things to complement them. For example, instead of making a goal about weight loss, what if we make a goal around making healthier food choices and incorporating some exercise!
Make checkpoint dates and track your progress but don't beat yourself up if you don't meet your goals. Instead, identify what you could have don't differently and try again.
So instead of resolutions, who's in to set some SMART goals?! I'm ready!