By Melanie Walker
A couple months into 2016, and we’re already hearing the same jokes about the New Years Resolutions we made at the beginning of the year: “Gym memberships go down after January!” “Here’s to making New Years Resolutions that you’re not going to keep!”
Well, I’m here to tell you that those comments are crap. You can still keep your goals, and whatever else you set your mind to.
And why is there so much hype about New Years Resolutions? Shouldn’t we be striving to be better all year around?
Whatever your New Years Resolutions were, you can still keep them! Let’s talk about how you can keep them, adjust them, or throw them out completely and make new ones.
Okay, and I know it’s taboo to make goals in March. But I’m a writer and I can do whatever I want.
Goals are like, Super Important
Not that I want to treat you like one of my high school students, but I want to stress the importance of goal setting. Anytime my life has felt like it’s in the slumps, being proactive and setting goals has gotten me out it.
We’ve all heard some form of the saying: “Life only gets better when you do. Work on yourself and the rest will follow.” I’m a firm believer in that. We don’t have to be victims of our own personality traits or downfalls—we can be our own heroes and heroines.
This isn’t as easy as it sounds, and overcoming can be difficult. But as the phemomenal Gina Carey once said, “A strong woman looks a challenge in the dead of the eye and gives it a wink.”
Setting goals is how we become not only strong women, but effective women in society. So give that challenge a wink.
Set Goals that are SMART
Here’s a simple acronym that I want you to remember when you’re setting your goals. Whether it’s a yearly goal, a 6 month goal, weekly or daily, this applies:
S - Specific
A - Attainable
R - Relevant
T - Time Bound
Let’s use my New Year’s Resoluation of making reading a priority as an example:
What is it exactly that you want to achieve? Making reading a priority isn’t very specific. How will I make it a priority? What specifically will I do? Well, I can read one book a month, or twelve books total this year.
How will you know when you’ve achieved it? I’ll know that I’ve made reading a priority after I have read my books and put reading into my busy schedule. Reading will become apart of my downtime (hopefully).
Are your goals realistic and achievable? So it wouldn’t be realistic for me to say, “I will read 100 novels this year!” I know myself and I know my limits. Having attainable goals ensures that you won’t get discouraged and keep you motivated to keep working!
Is it applicable to the place you are in your life right now? For me, reading books will always be relevant because I’m an English teacher. But if I had a goal to run two hours everyday, but it wouldn’t applicable to my life right now.
What is your time deadline? I gave myself a year or less to achieve my goal of book reading. Your deadline shouldn’t be too long that you forget about it or too short that it’s discouraging.
The next step is to take out a piece of paper and a pen, write down your goal.
And always remember: give your challenge a little wink. You got ths.