Make New Year’s Goals Not Resolutions

Every year I make New Year’s goals. I have learned that resolutions are usually highly unattainable and most of the time FAIL. So about eight years ago, I started making New Year’s goals versus making resolutions. Now, I am realistic and know that I won’t achieve every goal and I am ok with it. I also know I won’t achieve my goals in the first month. People forget that New Year’s goals (aka resolutions) are for the entire year and give up after missing a day. Which is why I am here to share with you how I make my New Year’s goals and keep them. 

First, I make S.M.A.R.T goals. S.M.A.R.T goals is not a new concept, but it is something I learned about when I started working at Amazon. 

Specific – When creating a goal, I make sure it is as specific as possible, for example my number one goal for 2023 is to lose 30 pounds in 52 weeks. 

Measurable – I ensure my goals are measurable so I can track my progress. I like to check my status every three months. 

Attainable – I get asked this a lot if my goal of 30 pounds in a year is doable. I say “yes!” Although I have struggled in years past to achieve this goal, I believe with help from my health coach and the support from y’all, I can do it. 

Relevant – This goal is very relevant to what I am trying to achieve with my physical health and my blog. 

Time-Bound– This is the key to being successful with your goal. I try to make sure my timing is realistic. Even if I lose half a pound a week, there will be times when I’ll lose more or plateau, which is why I am giving myself the full year. I also think this goes along with the goal being attainable. If I am not realistic with how long it will take me to reach my goal, then I will get frustrated. This is why I won’t make the same mistake this year. 

Second, I share my goals. I believe sharing my goals will help me to be successful. The support and encouragement I receive from loved ones help me to meet my goals. I also find by sharing my goals, I find others who want to also achieve similar goals, which develops into “accountability buddies”. 

Finally, I create multiple goals for the New Year. This way I don’t put all my eggs in one basket and get discouraged in the future if I miss it. I try to have at least three goals for the year. 

Now, I know what you are saying… Aren’t resolutions the same thing? They are commitments we make for the New Year. Yes, you are right but I think that is where we go wrong. By making resolutions you are making a decision to do something but then the minute something gets in the way to hinder us from keeping that commitment, we quit.

So, if you haven’t already made your New Year’s Goals, then I hope I gave you a few things to consider so you can be successful in 2023 and beyond. Follow along with me on my journey via Instagram and Facebook as I work on my New Year’s Goals. 

What are your goals for 2023? Are you like me and call them goals or do you still call them resolutions? I’d love to hear in the comments below. We can be each other’s accountability buddies.

Until next time, have a joy filled end to 2022 and a blessed start to 2023!

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