* Enjoy more quality time with family and friends.
* Spend less money (or it’s level-headed cousin… save more money).
These seem like great goals, and a lot of us started 2022 with them in mind.
But now we’re a few weeks into the New Year, and this is exactly the time we start loosening up on the promises we made to ourselves.
Some research estimates that 62% of us drop our New Year’s Resolutions by February 1st.
Why does this happen year... after year... after year?
Because for many of us, this is far from our first time trying to incorporate these same habits, or make these identical changes.
We’re over them…. We’re not seeing results as quickly as we would like….. We’re bored….. We’re not having any fun…. Sounded better before we had to actually do them….. We don’t think these goals are even worth the trouble….
Yes to all of that, but mostly, we didn’t have a plan.
We just said, “I’m going to exercise more, start eating ‘clean’, and give up wine for the month of January.”
Those goals are too vague.
And so they don’t work.
And then we think that goal setting is pointless, but it’s not!
Visualizing the future and setting goals is an essential part of living an intentional, exciting (sometimes uncomfortable, but definitely worth it) life!
Hello SMART(Y) Goals!
SMART Goals are an easy and popular goal-setting framework that forces you to get very clear on exactly what you want and how you’ll know when you get there. YES!!
I added in my own letter (Y) at the end to include the critical mindset piece that is so often forgotten in habit change and goal achievement.
SMART(Y) is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound and Why (Y).