I have chosen to write about this topic because for years I would make New Years Resolutions, nothing was happening and I never fulfilled these resolutions. So many people get stuck in this pattern and then a year later they wonder why they are still making the same Resolutions and why they haven’t made progress life.
Since becoming a personal trainer, and since getting some life coaching for a year for myself when I was in a major rut, I have become really sharp at helping people with Goal Setting. Now every year in December I start thinking about my goals for 2017 and then start planning.
Lets take a look at the definitions of Resolutions Vs. Goals!
Resolution can be defined as:
- a firm decision to do or not to do something or
- the act of solving a problem or contentious matter
Goal can be defined as:
- the object of a persons ambition or effort; an aim or desired result
Can you see the difference? To me a resolution is now just the beginning. You can decide that you want to do something or stop doing something, but without putting in the proper steps the desired result will not be achieved. Resolutions also tend to be very general. Goal Setting if done properly should have Goals that are SMART.
Achievable, Attainable, Action-oriented
Realistic, Relevant, Results-oriented
Time-based, Timely, Tangible, Trackable
An example of each would be as follows:
Resolution: lose weight
SMART Goal: A bride may write – I want to work with a trainer in order to lose 25lbs by May 29, 2017 so that I look and feel amazing in my wedding dress and look great for my pictures
- this is very specific
- this is measurable both with a scale and body measurements and
- requires the action of hiring a trainer to ensure success and is absolutely achievable
- it is realistic if the clients follows everything the trainer says to do for 5 months
- definitely time based, and trackable
Can you see how much more success someone will have making goals in this fashion than making a resolution for weight loss?
Sometimes I come across people who know what they should be doing, and have all the right intentions. Sometimes certain life circumstances out of that persons control serve as obstacles and things that can slow down progress when that person would probably be fine if life wasn’t so stressful. When this is the case, I dig far deeper into the initial SMART GOALS, and work on a lot of mindset work after people have dug deep into their inner being and figure out the where, why, what, how of everything. On a deeper level this is to ensure those Resolutions and Goals get met. Is this you ?
I invite people to respond. If you already know how to set goals that is great and I wish you all the best for 2017. If you still need help after reading this, or you are in a deeper rut, I invite you to ask more questions. I am happy to help
Happy 2017 to everyone 🙂