Two Minute Tuesdays!!! What's your New Years Resolution?

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Holidays have pretty much started and can you believe that Christmas is next Monday and New Years Day is the Monday after that..??!?!?!?

Everyone usually makes a New Years resolution or two... or 3..... loose weight, not drink, exercise more, join the gym, travel more, work less, work harder, make more money etc etc..

But let me ask you... where do you keep your resolution? In your head? Do you tell anybody? Do you go so far as to write it down?? Do you have a vision board?

Here is a little tip, you may or may not have heard of... but lets.......

Make your goals S.M.A.R.T.

The acronym S.M.A.R.T. means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.

Specific:

Goals are not to be wishy washy or vague or ambiguous, as ambiguous goals produce ambiguous results and goals left incomplete create an incomplete future. So sit down, take 5-10 minutes and get really really really clear on a goal you would like to achieve in 2018.. not just I want to lose 5kgs... but how you will lose it, I will eat cleaner, go walking 5 times a week (attainable and achievable), I will then be able to wear the jeans or shorts that I haven't been able to wear for ages, and I will feel comfortable with my shirt off down the beach or pool!! I want to buy a new place, so get super specific on the type, location, how much, how many bedrooms, a pool etc. Even print the house of your dreams out and stick it on the fridge or in your diary, somewhere you can see it everyday! So get super clear and specific on your goals!!

Measurable:

Make sure when you set your goal that it is measurable. Revisit "specific" and make sure that you can take note of your progress towards your goal and be able to regularly check in, to see if you are on track. i.e. weight loss is measurable by loosing the weight. Walking 5 days a week, where the 5km walk took 15 minutes at day 1, now at day 45, it takes 10minutes etc. Food portion sizes, instead of having seconds, have a glass of water and wait a few minutes to see how hungry you are.  Your new house goal is measurable by your goal of saving or renovating your current house to sell etc.

Attainable:

This is where intention comes in. I have written about the power of intention before, when you set your alarm the night before you go to bed with the "intention" of getting up at 5am to exercise.. but you sleep in.... ruining that intention.  One thing we all do to ruin our "good intention" is setting unrealistic goals, that end up unattainable. As per "specific" when you sit to set your "goal" make sure it isn't unrealistic, like I will make $1M profit form Bitcoin?!?! (you may..) or I will loose 10kgs, when it is more realistic you will lose 5kgs.

Realistic:

Lets break the first part of this word down... R E A L .... So your goal has to be something that you can make “real” or make into “reality”. We have all had goals that are not realistic, or they are but they were never achievable without huge amounts of effort or sacrifice.. A favourite quote of mine is:

DREAM. BELIEVE. CREATE. SUCCEED

So when you are setting your goal or "dreaming" it into existence you have to be able to say, that you believe you will be able to achieve it (realistic - and in a realistic time frame..even go as far as mapping your goal out here on how and how long it will take)... that you believe in yourself to the extent that you will be able to accomplish your dream/goal.... so dream BIG!!!!

Time:

A goal without a timeframe isn't a goal, but a dream.....that's it... one of the most important and powerful components to setting your goal is the time you have given yourself to achieve it! As the days, weeks and months go by, you want to be getting closer and closer to that goal. So use the mapping technique I wrote about here to help you out.. 

So lets get dreaming and goal setting!!!!!!!!

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!

 

Hugh Simson