We welcome 2021 with open arms as we take what we learned from the prior year and start to set goals for the new year. Of course, 2020 brought its challenges. No one expected the hurdles we had to overcome and no one knows what the next year will bring. This is one reason why it’s hard to set realistic New Year’s resolutions.
Did you know that approximately 80% of New Year resolutions go unachieved? (Source.)
Given that information, here’s a tip. Since New Year’s resolutions are often overinflated, try setting resolutions based on progress rather than achievement.
I’m going to run a little further every week is more powerful and easier to keep on track than, I’m going to run a marathon. Which, even if you improved every week, still might not be achievable. Progress deserves to be celebrated because without progress, achievements shouldn’t exist.
Now, we are not saying you shouldn’t still try to run that marathon. Instead, we are implying that in order to run a marathon, you need to break down your goal into pieces that can be celebrated each step of the way.
So, to take a page from our vice-principal, “for a goal to have its maximum impact, it should be a SMART goal. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.