As I was wrapping up 2018 I began thinking about what I did right in 2018 and what I could have done better. Reflecting on 2018 made me start thinking about what I wanted for myself in 2019. In the past I have made New Years resolutions and as it turns out they haven’t worked out so well for me. I make them and then at the first of the year I am all “gung ho” then……the excitement wears off and I quit. So I asked myself, “Why?”
I am a goal setter (though I kind of suck at the action step part) and so I started comparing goals vs. resolutions. What is the difference? Let’s talk about this.
Believe it or not I actually had to research the difference between the two. After doing research I realized that I had been setting goals and not actually resolutions, therefore, I have been wrong this whole time. So apparently I kind of suck at setting goals too. <—– I am laughing at this by the way.
Goals have a specific achievement. They are a destination. When thinking about goals I like to use the S.M.A.R.T goals method. Long story short when setting goals you should make sure that they are:
S – Specific (simple, sensible, significant.)
M – Measurable (meaningful, motivating.)
A – Achievable (agreed, attainable.)
R – Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based.)
T -Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitve.)
To learn more about setting your own S.M. A. R. T. goals please visit: S. M. A. R. T. goal method
The other thing about goals is what happens when you succeed? Do you just quit doing whatever it was you were doing? For instance, if your goal is a 15 pound weight loss and you reach that goal do you quit eating healthy and exercising? Or do you continue eating healthy and exercising?
Resolutions are permanent changes to your life. They are something you do every day and not just until a specific achievement (a-hmm “goal”) is reached. Resolutions are something that we should never expect to end and should continue to be challenging so don’t be discouraged. Some days you will fail and some days you will succeed. Every day is a new day with a clean slate. Just keep going!
So how do we decide what should be a goal vs. what should be a resolution? Lets use the weight loss goal from above. The goal would be a 15 weight loss. Resolutions would be to eat healthier, drink more water, and exercise regularly. The idea is that when you reach your 15 pound weight lose you will not be actively trying to lose weight, however, you will continue to eat healthier, drink more water, and exercising. Get it?
So this year I invite you to create goals AND resolutions. Go into 2019 knowing what you want and get in the mindset to do just that!