“Cheers to a New Year and another chance to get it right” – Oprah Winfrey
Did you make your New Year’s resolutions and keep them? We are a couple of weeks into the new year now and are they just a distant memory? Did you experience remorse on New Year’s Day or shortly after when you realized that your first resolution had been broken? Be kind to yourself and ask where the lesson is in this. Change your thinking and see this as feedback that will enable you to make successful goals in the future.
“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other” – Anon.
There are common new year resolutions on every continent and the top 5 made every year are:
- Getting into shape – and that includes weight loss, fitness, giving up smoking or drinking
- Getting more organized
- Getting a job or changing to a better job
- Spending less or clearing debt
- Improving the mind and getting an education.
Well, no need to despair or feel as if you have yet to achieve those goals. If you didn’t stick to those resolutions you made with good intent, then change them so you can, How so, you may ask? There is still time to review those resolutions you made and set new and achievable goals, just in time for Chinese New Year which falls this year on February 4th.
Take the top intention from the list and let’s apply the SMART goal setting system to your resolutions and you will go from resolution to evolution – creating the change that you really want.
Getting into Shape
S is for Specific – What is it EXACTLY that you want to achieve?
- Do you want to lose weight – how much & by when;
- get fit by walking/running/aerobic exercise/gym & what level of fitness will you be happy with;
- stop smoking/drinking or reduce your intake?
M is for Measurable – How will you know WHEN you have achieved your goal?
- Set your time frame,
- clothes size,
- cigarettes reduced etc.
Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day…..
A is for Achievable – are you capable of getting to your goal?
- Who do you need to support you to get there? You can’t expect to lose 20kg in a couple of weeks, after all it did creep up on you – all those chocolates and treats while writing reports, that extra slice of Christmas pudding, the broken biscuits that don’t count, finishing off those fries for the kids….
R is for Realistic – are you going “cold turkey” on the booze and ciggies?
- How likely are you to relapse? Again, you need to put in your support systems. If you are serious about your health and the risks involved in excessive consumption (of anything) then have a plan. Fail to plan and plan to fail.
- Speak to your Primary Health Practitioner, get your patches or see a Hypnotherapist for your smoking cessation plan or alcohol detox.
T is for Timely – this is where you set the date for when you expect to achieve your goals. You need to have done all of the above to make your resolution a success.
The Year of the Rabbit, is an ideal year to achieve your success as it is a much quieter and more relaxed year than that of 2010, the Year of the Tiger. However, the Rabbit influences of comfort, good taste and refinement may lead to over indulgences and putting off unpleasant tasks.
Make your resolutions fun and enjoyable using the SMART goal setting techniques and you will enjoy the new year and a new you!
“An Optimist stays up to midnight to see the New Year and a Pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” Bill Vaughan