It’s that time of year again with 2016 just around the corner and if you’re thinking about your New Year’s Resolution you’re not alone. Approximately 1 in 2 Australians set a New Year’s Resolution each year however with a failure rate of 88%, only 12% of people actually stick to it!
If your part of the 88% where you go full steam during the first few weeks of January but find by mid-February your resolution has slowly drifted away and is no longer on the radar here’s tip number one…… WRITE IT DOWN! Research has shown you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals when you write it down. Make yourself accountable for your resolution by sharing it with friends, family and loved ones to give you the best head start in 2016 with support and encouragement from those around you.
New Years is a great time to set yourself a new resolution as motivation and determination tends to be high and often people think of it as the chance for a clean slate, perhaps to leave old habits behind and/or to bring bigger and better things to the table.
With that in mind, we can’t forget the facts behind New Year’s resolutions
25% of people neglect their resolution after one week
60% give up within six months
The average person makes the same resolution ten separate times without success
In order to achieve your New Year’s resolution you need to determine what it is that YOU actually want. Unfortunately stating your New Year’s resolution at 12:01am on the 1st January as you celebrate the New Year doesn’t quite make the cut.
Your resolution is best worded as a goal, something that requires a bit of time, thought and commitment.
A fantastic way to set yourself up for a successful resolution in the New Year is developing a S.M.A.R.T goal. That is a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. The use of S.M.A.R.T goals provide direction and a huge sense of motivation as they set out a desired outcome within a desired time frame. Here is a breakdown of each component of the S.M.A.R.T goal theory to help you achieve your New Year’s resolution in 2016.
You need to clearly define what it is you are trying to accomplish and include why the goal is important to you and how you will go about achieving it. To help set a specific goal consider the five “W’s”
Who- who will be involved?
What- what are you trying to achieve?
Where- where will you implement your goal? Work? School? Home?
Which- which tools will you require to achieve your goal and what are you limited by?
Why- why are you trying to achieve this goal? What is the purpose and benefits?
A S.M.A.R.T goal must be able to be tracked and measured to assess your progress towards your final goal. You should set targets and milestones along the way to help keep you motivated and on track for the desired result. Setting a goal to increase or decrease a behaviour is not measurable. You need to assign a value to your target. For example I will drink substantially more water is not measurable however I will drink 2L of water every day is something that can be measured and tracked.
A goal is something you want to strive for and achieve so your goal must be realistic whilst also being challenging so you are motivated to reach the end result. Don’t set a goal that will overwhelm you and is not practical for the time and resources that you have as you are setting yourself up disappointment. Set smaller goals within your goal that will allow you to manage your resources and keep you on track for your desired outcome in the set timeframe. Grab your calendar and set realistic action steps along the way.
Make your goal relevant to you and your life. There’s no point setting a goal that is either out of interests or out of your hands. It must be something that you can influence and will impact positively on your vision of life. Be true to yourself.
Set yourself a by when! Create a date for when you will have accomplished your goal. This is a crucial part of creating a S.M.A.R.T goal as it enforces a deadline for you to achieve your final. A time frame for not only the final result but milestones along the way keeps you motivated and on track for success.
Finally my own piece of advice, plan your celebration! Not only will you experience a huge sense of satisfaction and accomplishment on completion of your goal, you will want to celebrate and reward yourself for all of your hard work and dedication to what was a very well invested goal. Plan something that is meaningful to you and will keep you going when times get tough!
So what is your 2016 New Years resolution and what steps will you take to ensure you stay true to yourself?
Wishing you all a very safe and happy New Year on behalf of the team at Living Nutrition!