goal setting edmonton

With the New Year right around the corner, now is the time to reflect on the past twelve months and contemplate resolutions for the future.

Whether it's eating more healthily, paying off your credit card debt from Christmas or simply making sure you floss everyday, setting goals helps you create a life filled with actions or accomplishments that reflect your values.

If only it were that simple. Ever gone into January with the best of intentions, only to toss them aside or forget about them come February?

Our five letter trick may make this year different. We are talking about SMART goal setting which focuses on breaking down our resolutions into smaller goals that are more easily attainable:
Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Relevant
Time-bound

A perfect example would be your resolution is to work out more next year. You can approach this resolution, firstly by focusing on one or two goals that align with this resolution. An example of one SMART goal could be, 'I will walk to work three out of five days in the next week to get more exercise, or 'I will join Goodlife and start going three days a week.' 

How SMART Goals Work
These goals are more specific than simply "working out more." By including the answers to questions like "how many" or "how long"  being specific and measurable you have a clear way of gauging whether or not you're making progress on your goal.

An achievable goal is merely realistic. 
Ensuring the goal is relevant is a critical step. After all, why work towards something that isn't important or doable to you? Lastly, making the SMART goal time-bound gives you a set window of time in which to complete the goal. In other words, you can't keep putting it off.

The Power of Positive Reinforcement
By setting small and specific goals, you're capable of achieving them more quickly. This positive reinforcement will make you more likely to stick with your SMART goal.
If the goal isn't working for you, you can adjust it or try another one that aligns with your resolution. But remember to be realistic to achieve the desired results.
The New Year is a fresh start and an opportunity to add meaningful habits to your life. No matter the goal, you can look towards the horizon of the new year with a positive mindset and that anything is possible.

Anything is possible in the New Year. Especially when you get smart about goal setting.

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