How is it going? How are the resolutions you set for yourself? Are you making progress? I hope so. I bet you were so fired up at the end of December and on 1st January.
You made your resolutions, you set the intentions but already you might be feeling your energy towards them decreasing. This is very common and I will share with you why your resolutions may not be working.
Why You Need To Ditch Those Resolutions!
As I you may have heard me say in the past, resolutions in themselves do not work as they are only an intention. They are you just saying that you want to achieve something. Therefore, a resolution on its own does not equip you with all the components that are needed to make a goal come to fruition.
Change Your Resolutions Into SMART Goals!
SMART is an acronym:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic/Resources
For example, you have made the resolution to lose weight. Using the SMART acronym let’s turn the resolution into a goal.
- Specific – A resolution to lose weight is not specific enough. You need to know how much weight you want to lose. For example is it 3 kg or 10 kg?
- Measurable – How will you measure your progress? Once you know how much weight you want to lose you are able to measure, using a scale to track your progress. You may decide that you will weigh yourself every week. Being able to measure your progress allows you to know when you have met your target weight.
- Attainable – How will you attain your weight loss? Will you modify your diet? Do you need to increase your exercise? If yes, what will your diet and exercise regimen look like in detail?
- Realistic or Resources – What resources will you need? Will you need to buy different foods that may cost you more than what you spend now? Do you need specific equipment such as a juicer or blender? Do you need clothing and footwear for working out? Are you going to enlist the services of a dietitian and or personal trainer? If yes to any of these, how much will it cost?
- Time Bound – How long will it take to lose the specific amount of weight? For example, will it take 2 months, 6 months or longer? Having time-frame will allow you to know if you have successfully reached your goal or not.
I hope this example helped you, even if your goal for the year is not too loose weight you can apply SMART to any goal.
Honour Yourself First
If you are not making what you want to achieve a priority in your life, how far do you think you will get?
When faced with an important project at work, imagine putting the same energy and commitment into achieving into your own desires? Or the time you spend watching TV, if you were to spend that time developing, learning, growing and creating the life you desire.
Think about it, there are 168 hours are in a week. 168 hours minus 35 hrs working, minus 56 hrs Sleeping = 77 hrs remaining. So even if you took 10 hours every week to honour what you want in your life think about the difference you could make.
What could you do immediately to start honouring yourself more? Here are some ideas:
- Read a self-development book or a biography book a month – (Audiobooks are great too).
- Have a journalling practice – A great way to explore your life, vision, purpose, desires, etc
- Review, research and implementing your SMART goals on a regular basis.
- Create a timetable for your week – You will be amazed how much you can get done.
- Join a mastermind or support group.
- Have a session with a Mentor, Coach or Therapist.
You need to set time in your schedule to make things happen. If you have not done so already, make time to plan in detail what you want to achieve. You have to make an appointment with yourself. Block out dedicated time in your diary to achieve your goals. Nothing will change in your life if you continue doing the same things that have not worked for you up until now.
Let me know what you are using to make your resolutions work by leaving a comment below.