Personal Development

How to achieve your new year’s resolutions

January 23, 2017

We made it to the last full week of January! Time can go by so fast. A few months back I wrote about the importance of creating SMART goals. It’s been a while so I thought it would be nice to post a little refresher. Here is the exact method you need to use to accomplish all of your new year’s resolutions. Go back through and make them SMART!

New Years' resolutions

Specific

The more specific you are, the easier it will be to know what needs to be done. There is a huge difference between “I want to lose weight” and “I want to lose 10 pounds by March.”

If you have a goal, but aren’t quite sure how to make it specific ask yourself a few of these questions.

What are you trying to achieve?

When would you like to have this done?

Why are you setting this goal?

Where are you trying to end up?

Who are you doing this for?

How will you make this happen?

Measurable

The easiest way to make a goal measurable is by attaching concrete numbers to it. For example, “Eat healthier” is not a measurable goal.  “Improve my health by cooking 3 meals a week” is measurable.

Now you can easily track whether or not you are making progress.

Attainable

You want to make sure the goal you set is realistic. “I would like to become a New York Times Best-Selling Author by the end of the week” is not a realistic goal. Consider the time, effort, and money your goal will take to accomplish. Think about where you are and what needs to happen in order to meet your goal. Set a realistic expectation for yourself.

Relevant

This one is very important. You must make sure your goal is relevant. An easy way to figure this one out is to jump back up to the “Specific” category and look over what you wrote for Why. If you are setting a goal because you think you should, or because it’s expected of you, or because someone else did it, it will not be fulfilling once you accomplish it. A goal you are passionate about will be so rewarding.

Timely

Your goal should have a deadline. A goal without a deadline is just an idea. You need to set benchmarks for your goals.  If your goal is “I want to save $500 by October” you can identify how much you should save per week/month to get there. Break the goal up into smaller tasks that you can measure every week.

What are some of your SMART resolutions for 2017?

Make sure your new year's resolutions aren't forgotten!

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12 Comments

  • Reply tiffany Bailey January 23, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    What a helpful article thank you! It’s so easy to lose sight of your goals when normal life kicks in isn’t it! I’m really going to try to stay on track with mine 🙂

    • Reply Karen Aileen January 23, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Exactly! Once you get back into your daily routine it is so easy to forget about your goals. Hope this helps and good luck with your resolutions!

  • Reply Bria | Tendril Wild Blog January 23, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Yes, once I heard about S.M.A.R.T. goals, I realized they were a MUST. This year, I started creating these types of goals for my blog and business, and they really do make a difference.
    A few of my blogging goals are to:

    – write new content twice a week
    – interact with other bloggers/comment on at least 5 new blogs every day
    – increase my social media followers on Instagram to 1,000 by March.

    Great tips, Karen! 🙂

    Tendril Wild

    • Reply Karen Aileen January 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      These are some great blogging goals! They are fairly similar to mine. Good luck, girl!

  • Reply Haley Marie January 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    This was such a helpful post breaking down SMART goals! Personally, I’ve used and loved SMART goals since I was a Girl Scout in elementary school – our leaders taught us how to set SMART goals for selling cookies 🙂 Thanks for sharing, xo Haley Marie

    • Reply Karen Aileen January 24, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      How lucky! I didn’t come across this concept until my final year of college. It has been so helpful and it would have been wonderful to know so early in life.

  • Reply Tara January 25, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    This is such a great framework to stick to when setting goals! I agree it’s much easier to achieve them when you can break them down into smaller chunks although I tend to shy away from being so specific incase I fall short- definitely going to change this and hopefully by being more specific it’ll push me to reach them!

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    • Reply Karen Aileen January 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      I would always set goals that couldn’t be quantified because I was afraid I might not reach a more specific goal. Since starting with SMART goals it has been so much easier to see what I need to do to reach my goals and now I have no excuses when it comes to falling short. Good luck with your resolutions, girl!

  • Reply Lianne January 25, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Helpful advice! I’m still working on all of my new year goals and I’m pretty pleased with myself fo not giving up yet! I’ll be using your tips to keep going with that!
    Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor

    • Reply Karen Aileen January 25, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Lianne! Good luck with your goals (:

  • Reply Becca January 26, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    This is such a great post! I will totally be taking all of these into consideration. I’m thinking about reevaluating my goals

    • Reply Karen Aileen January 26, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks, Becca! They have been so helpful to me and I hope you benefit from them as well. Good luck with your goals, girl!

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