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It's that time of year again where we all spring into the NEW YEAR with a motivation to make a change for the better! I think we have all tried to make a 'New Year's Resolution' and failed shortly after it started.

 So before New Year's rolls around, write out a SMART goal for yourself to help you succeed at making the change. Here are some steps to help guide you while making a New Year's Resolution goal.

  • Be SPECIFIC: What exactly will you accomplish? 

  • Is it MEASURABLE? How will you know when you have reached this goal?

  • Can I ACHIEVE this? Is this goal realistic with effort and commitment? Do you have the right resources to achieve this goal?

  • Is it RELEVANT? Why is this goal significant to your life?

  • What is my TIMEFRAME? When will you achieve this goal?

Write your SMART goal down and be sure that your goal is something attainable and achievable. Ask yourself, 'On a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the highest, how confident am I that I can succeed with this SMART goal in place?' If you score less than an 8, then you need to adjust your goal in order to help set yourself up for success. (Michelle May, 2013)

 Put your written goal in a place (or places) where it can remind you. This could be on your bedside table, bathroom mirror, or on the fridge. This way you are frequently reminded of the commitment you made to yourself. Also, before getting started, be sure and identify possible obstacles that could interrupt your set goal and come up with some strategies or solutions to deal with them if they arise.

Happy New Year!

Article Submitted by Sarah Bryson, Registered Nurse at Cameron Medical Clinic


May, M. (2013). Eat what you Love, Love what you eat.