We all have resolutions we make, whether we stick to them or not. The trick to sticking to our resolutions is following the S.M.A.R.T. rule:
These can be applied to any type of goal you wish to achieve; let’s take my “I want to floss more in 2013″
(and when I say more, I’m really meaning I want to start!) goal and apply it to the S.M.A.R.T. principles to give you an example:
Specific- I want to floss every morning while I’m watching Good Morning America and getting ready for the day.
Measurable- I’ll buy floss picks (how easy can I make this!) and, depending on how many come in a pack (~90), I’ll get through half of the pack in 1 month. I plan to finish the pack in 2 months!
Attainable- every time I go to the dentist, he always asks if I floss; I always answer “no”. He then explains why flossing is so important (reduces the number of bacteria, fresher breath, and decreases my chance for gingivitis) and highly recommends I start. I want to do this not only for my dentist
to quit yelling at me but also for me to involve myself in something non-fitness related.
Realistic- I know that some mornings will be easier than others (when I teach at 6am or if I’m
hungover out late the night before) but I plan to keep some flossies in my bag at all times; I’ll whip those babies out with pride.
Time- I want flossing to become a habit, everyday, by March 1, 2013.
Piece of cake, right? This isn’t rocket science; try this technique with your 2013 New Years Resolutions and don’t be one of the 24% who never achieves their goal(s)!