The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is well underway. We still have a bit to go, but 2019 is right around the corner! I am always intrigued to find out what my friends and family resolve to do in the New Year. Statistically, saving money, getting healthier and losing weight are likely at the top of your New Year’s resolution list. Yet only 9% of people will carry out their resolution throughout the year. Why is this number so low? I think it is because many people setting out to make big changes in their lives go about it all wrong!
To set realistic goals we need to look at our daily lives and really take the time to examine where we are going wrong and what needs to change to get us to our goals. Once we set our goals (it really helps to put them in writing!) we need to take some time to evaluate how our DAILY actions need to change to make our goals a reality. Are you willing to make those changes and if so, do they fit into the realm of your daily life?
As an example, using the most popular resolution, say you want to lose 30 pounds by summer. That gives you 6 months. You would need to consume 105,000 calories less than your BMR (basil metabolic rate, basically the amount of calories you burn on a daily basis doing the activities you normally do.) That means you will have to stop eating the majority of yummy treat and you will likely need to exercise. You are probably going to need to spend time doing meal prep too. On average you would likely spend 7 hours at the gym a week, plus maybe 3 hours shopping and prepping your food. You will need to reduce your calorie intake by 4,375 per week. You will need to spend time tracking your food intake which will take another 2 hours per week… Before you know it this resolution isn’t looking very attainable or realistic is it?!
So back to setting the actual goals. You should always set goals that are S.M.A.R.T!
Specific: What exactly am I setting out to do?
Measurable: Quantify or at least have an idea of a “end” (i.e. save $500.00 or lose 10lbs)
Achievable: Remember to really think about your goal, do you really want to invest what is required to be successful?
Relevant: Why is the goal important to you? Consider the following questions: Will it make you a better human? Will it bring you joy? Will it bring God glory?
Timely: Have a specific date in mind (it helps if it is not too long of a time period!)
I think New Year’s resolutions can be extremely productive, but only when they are truly thought out and planned. I hope this can inspire you to make some SMART goals for the upcoming year, I know I will be!