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New Year SMART

Aimee Ellinger, 4-H/ Youth Development and FCW Agent

DumbellsT’was the day after New Year’s and all through the gym all the people stirring, lifting weights and running laps. There street cloths where hung by the lockers with care and hopes of New Year’s resolutions hung in the air….

How many people start the New Year off by setting New Years resolutions? By the end of January how many of you are still following your resolutions? The most popular New Year’s resolutions made every year include exercising more, losing weight and eating healthy. I’m sure that most of us have had these same goals run through our head at one point or another.
But do you ever take the time to ask yourself what eating healthy looks like?  What workout schedule you would look like? Or what your goal weight will be? Sometimes the reason we don’t stick to our goals is because they are to vague, they don’t have any groundwork or structure for us to follow. When creating your New Year’s Resolution this year I want you to set aside some time to create SMART Goals.  These are goals that help you lay out a plan of how you are going to accomplish your goal.

S. Specific; Make sure to state exactly what it is that you want to accomplish. The Who, What, When, Where and Why specifics of your goal.

M. Measurable; How will you demonstrate and evaluate the extent to which the goal must be met? Can you measure the success of your goal and define when you have accomplished it.

A. Achievable; Is the goal within your power to achieve?  Make sure you are not setting yourself up for failure by making a goal too big or limiting yourself by making a goal too small.

R. Realistic; Can you realistically achieve this goal? Verify that you have the resources and time to reach your goal.

T. Timely; When exactly do you want to accomplish your goal? Set a timeline for your goal by checking to ensure that you are you are effectively progressing.

By using the SMART Goal technique you will be able to create a realistic goal plan and finally stick to your New Year’s Resolution. Good Luck and Happy Planning!

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