It may sound strange but I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. This is not because I don’t think I could keep them, but rather because I set goals for myself all year long, so there is no real difference to me in those goals and any resolutions I might make at the beginning of the year.
Many people do use the fresh start of the New Year to resolve to improve their life, however. A University of Scranton study notes that about 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, and of those who do, only 8% are successful in keeping their resolutions. How can you edge your way into the 8% who pull it off? Well, one thing you can do is get SMART.
SMART is a mnemonic that stands for Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-bound. It is a popular and effective method for setting and achieving goals. Let’s examine each in a little more detail.
Specific means that your goal is clearly defined and not vague. “Lose weight” is vague. “Lose 40 pounds” is specific. Ask yourself the some of the six “W” questions to arrive at a a specific goal:
- What: What do I want to accomplish?
- Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
- Who: Who is involved?
- Where: Identify a location.
- When: Identify temporal requirements.
- Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
Measurable means that your goal can be quantified. “Lose 40 pounds in six months” quantifies both the amount of weight and the time-span you are allowing yourself to lose the weight.
Actionable means reaching the goal is within your control. “Lose 40 pounds in six months by eating salads for lunch and drinking water instead of soda” maps out the steps you plan to take to reach your goal.
Realistic is pretty much what it sounds like. “Lose 40 pounds in one month” is not only unrealistic–it verges on the dangerous. “Lose 40 pounds in six months” is realistic.
Timed (or Time-bound) means that you have a deadline (and possibly milestones along the way) for your goal.
Combining these is a recipe for success, but what if you still find you’re having trouble achieving your goals? That’s where I come in. I can teach you life-skills and use hypnosis to maximize your SMART approach and make those resolutions a reality!
Visit www.danperezhypno.com to find out more about how you can use hypnosis to succeed in the new year! Or call 800-481-5949 for a confidential 20-minute phone consultation!