Welcome to January! A time where people make those sweeping declarations of a lifestyle overhaul as their New Years Resolution. Your social media will likely be full of these public pledges of change for the New Year and inspirational quotes telling you “2020 is your year” “New Year New You” and “Believe In Your Dreams”. However, we all know that these resolutions made on 1st of January tend to fizzle out for many people as the weeks and months pass. We at CMS are not fans of these radical changes to lifestyle and recognise how difficult it can be to maintain big changes made overnight. Something we do believe in and know a lot about is goal setting. Our Case Managers, Psychologist and Therapists all work closely with clients to set personalised S.M.A.R.T goals.
A S.M.A.R.T goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-specific. You may have made a few resolution for 2020, the common ones being to lose weight, get fit, drink less alcohol and give up smoking. While these are all excellent lifestyle changes to make and will ultimately benefit your health, setting yourself several big challenges all at once can be overwhelming and difficult to achieve. We recommend you start small and focus on changing one behaviour at a time.
Here is an example of how to do it. Your aim is to lose a stone by Easter – 12 April 2012
Your SMART goals could include:
- Reduce biscuit intake to one per day by 31 January 2020
- Go for a 30 minute walk x 3 per week by 29 February 2020
- Attend gym class twice per week by 31 March 2020
Rethink your New Years Resolution, break your over all aim into smaller goals and think about how you can make each one a S.M.A.R.T goal.
Wishing everyone good luck in achieving your goals for 2020!