If you are like most Americans, you have grand ambitions and ideas about how "next year I will be better at ____ fill in the blank." You make New Year's resolutions, start out strong, but as the year zooms by, somehow the resolutions disappear and at some point during the year, you realize you are back to where you started.
Why does this happen?
There are lots of reasons - we get lazy, we lose motivation, but what seems to be the huge underlying factor is that we don't make these "resolutions" habits. They simply do not become a part of our daily routine. We don't incorporate it into our lifestyle. We are indeed creatures of habit (some of us more than others - wink wink, you know who you are) and unless our "resolution" becomes a genuine addition to our day to day life, it's a foregone conclusion.
For example, let's say these are your 3 goals for 2018.
These are reasonable and admirable goals, but they aren't SMART goals and there's a really good chance that you aren't going to incorporate these into your life because they are too bland and generic.
SMART goals are used across all industries (even education) to help you create goals you will be more inclined to achieve because they are specific.
Acronym break down.
S stands for specific
What exactly do you want to achieve? The more specific your description, the bigger the chance you'll get exactly that.
M stands for measurable
Measurable goals means that you identify exactly what it is you will see, hear and feel when you reach your goal. It means breaking your goal down into measurable elements. You'll need concrete evidence. Being happier is not evidence; losing 10 pounds is because you adhere to a healthy lifestyle where you eat vegetables twice a day and only nutrient dense carbs, is. Measurable goals can go a long way in refining what exactly it is that you want, too.
A stands for attainable
Is your goal attainable? That means investigating whether the goal really is acceptable to you. You weigh the effort, time and other costs your goal will take against the profits and the other obligations and priorities you have in life.
R stands for relevant/realistic
The main questions, why do you want to reach this goal? What is the objective behind the goal, and will this goal really achieve that?
T stands for timely
Everybody knows that deadlines are what makes most people switch to action. So set a deadline and go after it.
Let's take Goal #1 (Eat better), and turn it into a SMART goal. (This is just an example.)
For six months starting January 1, 2018, (timely) I will eat green leafy vegetables (specific) at least 3 times per week (measurable) and will buy my organic produce each Sunday when I grocery shop (realistic) I will plan my meals for the week before I shop so I will use all of my produce. (attainable)
What do you think?
Could you craft 2 - 3 SMART goals for yourself for 2018?
I believe you can.
There's always room for improvement in our health and well being, right?
At this point you may be doubtful that you can do this on your own. You may be even talking yourself out of creating SMART goals because "this will take some research" or "I don't have time" or "I don't know how to do this and need help."
I am here to help!
I will be teaching the RESTARTⓇ program which is a 5-week class that will guide you through the process of setting SMART goals, provide the nutrition education you need to make the best choices for your SMART goals, and the support you need from the instructor as well as your classmates to achieve your SMART goals.
Classes begin in January
You can choose Tuesdays beginning January 9, or Thursdays beginning January 11. Classes are exactly the same and run from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. @ Tanasse Chiropractic in Tumwater. What is RESTARTⓇ?
SUCCESS STORIES from my class participants
"Not being bloated throughout the day was huge for me. I am very glad I did this and will stick with it forever." A.R., Olympia
"Participating in RESTARTⓇ felt great! It's a challenge that is so good for your body and mind and working on getting healthy while doing this with friends makes it good for the soul." R.T., Olympia
"I no longer get diarrhea because I removed dairy from my diet for 21 days. Dairy was the culprit! Had I not participated in RESTARTⓇ, I likely wouldn't have figured this out." M.T., Olympia
Want more information about RESTARTⓇ or help with creating SMART goals for yourself?
Ask me or visit www.therestartprogram.com.
Open to anyone 13 and older.
Sign up with your partner/significant other (it's more fun!)
Sign up with your BFF or all of your best friends (schedule a private class just for you!)
Register for a January class on the "services" page and choose "Lessons"
Improve your health in 2018 by creating SMART goals and taking a RESTARTⓇ class with me.