Let’s face it, most if not all of us make at least one resolution at the beginning of the year. The majority of these resolutions have to do with fixing an unhealthy behavior such as working out more, stopping smoking or losing weight. The health clubs and gyms thrive on this and their facilities are packed in January. By the time that February and March roll around, attendance has dropped off and most resolutions have fallen by the wayside. So this year, try these tips to make your resolution a reality.

Set SMART Resolutions – SMART goals are used successfully in the work place. SMART goals are:

S – Specific. Really define your goal. Don’t say, I’m going to lose weight, instead say I’m going to lose 15 pounds.

M – Measurable. How are you going to measure your progress to make sure you are staying on track?

A – Attainable. Define how you are going to make this happen. If you are going to need outside resources (trainer, dietician, etc.) are they available and within your budget?

R – Realistic. Is this something that you are capable of doing? For instance, stating that you are going to lose 100 lbs. in 6 months, is both specific and measurable, both not realistic. Make sure your goal is realistic or you will be destined to fail.

T – Timely. Put a timeframe around your goal. Make sure that the timeframe that you set doesn’t make your goal unrealistic or unattainable.

Advertise Your Resolutions – Once you have made your resolution, don’t lock it away in a box. Put it out in the open. Write it down on your calendar; put it into your phone/tablet/computer, write it on a Post-it and put it on your bathroom mirror and on your refrigerator door. Let you friends and family in on the resolution. They can help you stay on track and inquire about your progress.

Break it into smaller pieces – As the saying goes, “You eat an elephant one bit at a time”. While your overall resolution might have a large scope, by breaking it down into smaller pieces, you will be more likely to achieve the end result.

Reward yourself along the way – Make sure that as you reach milestones over your overall resolution, you reward yourself for a job well done. If you put off the reward until the entire resolution is complete, it can seem overwhelming and unattainable.

Don’t overdo it – One New Year’s Resolution is enough. Making several resolutions in one year, is setting the stage for not achieving any of them.

Follow these tips, and you will have a better chance of not only attaining this goal, but future goals as well.

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Marta Rocha

About the Author: Marta Rocha is a Mental Health Counselor. Marta is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. Marta Rocha is specialized in the areas of Marriage Counseling, Family Issues, Stress Management, Leadership Training, Anxiety, Depression, Sports Psychology, Grief, and Substance Abuse & Addictions. Marta Rocha has 12 years of experience in sales & marketing, advertising, promotions, management, and professional development. Her professional affiliations are with the American Counseling Association, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

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