SMART ASS Resolutions to Stick with Goals | The Spice Girl Blog
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We all know the familiar feeling of setting out to achieve our resolutions January 1st. Then something magical happens, and we barely remember our resolutions by February 1st. Maaagic!
But we don't want that type of magic here. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45% of Americans make resolutions each new year, but only 8% achieve these resolutions. (Also, 80% of statistics are totally made up.)
Whatever the case, in an attempt to be a member of the 8% who achieve their resolutions, we need to make our resolutions SMART. SMART goal setting is a technique high-schoolers, college students, and business-professionals all are taught and should use in their everyday life.
I have appended the acronym SMART to make it a "SMART ASS" New Year's addition. Feelin' fancy yet?
To achieve your resolutions, they should be SMART ASS:
-SPECIFIC: The resolution should answer the questions "who, what, where, when, which, and why".
-MEASURABLE: If "how much", "how many", or "how will I know this goal is accomplished" can be answered, this resolution is measurable.
-ATTAINABLE: A person should not resolve to lose 20 lbs in a week, nor should they resolve to drink only juices for the month. It is necessary to have resolutions that are within reach.
-REALISTIC: A person that works a 9am-5pm job should not have a resolution to exercise at 10am everyday. This is not realistic.
-TIMELY: There must be a time-frame. "Exercise 5 times a week for 30 minutes for the month of January" is a good example of a timely resolution.
-APPS: There is an app for whatever resolution you have. If you want to budget and save money, I love mint.com. For exercise, gym-pact and myfitnesspal are my go-to applications. Whatever you want to achieve, I am sure there is an application to help. If not, invent that application.
-SOCIAL: Go tell people what you are trying to achieve. If you don't share on a social platform, tell a close friend. If you have someone asking if you are on track for your resolution, it will help you stay accountable.
SPELLED OUT: Write down your SMART ASS goal anywhere. A sticky note on your mirror, the background of your phone, or a personal diary - spell it out however you need to! Whatever you do, write down your SMART ASS goal so it is still remembered by February 1st.
And that's how you can start your new year being a SMART ASS.
Let's chat: What are your SMART ASS Resolutions for this year?
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