- January 1, 2017
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Self Discovery
I do not make New Year Resolutions.
This may be a funny thing to say at this time of year but I have my reasons.
A resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something. That sounds great. A decision has been made. A desire has been stated.
So what is the problem?
The problem with New Year Resolutions is that they do not include a plan.
An intention is a determination to act in some way. It includes a process and a plan.
To begin to set intentions clarity is key. It is equally important to review these intentional goals and make sure that they are S.M.A.R.T.
The SMART acronym asks for you to set intentional goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Based.
A Specific goal is an exact pinpoint of what you want to achieve. This can also be known as a resolution.
A Measurable goal is one in which progress can be clearly tracked.
An Attainable goal is something that you have the ability to achieve.
A Realistic goal is something that is possible.
A Time based goal is logical within a reasonable time frame.
Once you have set your desire to change and your plan to do it, it is time to do one last review. Asking yourself some simple questions can help.
- What do I want to change or improve in my life?
- Why do I want to improve this?
- Why do I feel this is a valuable goal?
- What benefits will I receive from improving this?
- How badly do I want to make this change?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely am I to achieve this change?
- How can I increase the likelihood?
In many ways a good new year intention starts with a new year resolution but, really, no matter what you call it what matters is that it is important to you.
I would love to know exactly what that your new year resolutions or intentions are. Please do let me know in the comments and if you enjoyed this post I sure would appreciate if you shared it on social media.
Thank You and Happy New Year!
I wish for you all a treasure trove of happy moments.