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New Year, New You? The S.M.A.R.T way to achieve new goals

Firstly, take some time to set some S.M.A.R.T goals. This means that your plan has to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed.

Specific means defining exactly what you want to achieve. For example, to lose 10lbs of weight or to run the London marathon for a charity.

Measurable requires you to be able to track your progress, so that you feel motivated to continue. Decide how you are going to keep track of your progression towards your desired goal. What can you do to reward yourself along the way? You can chart your goal using graphs calendars, or even just by breaking down the deadline in to smaller deadlines.

The smaller goals you set yourself must be achievable, especially on a bad day. What could you achieve on your worst ever day and set that as your goal. Anything beyond that is a bonus! What other resources can you use and who can help you along the way?

Your goals must be realistic. Do some research, what does it take to make a successful change? Who can give you some expert advice? Think about how you would feel if you failed at reaching your goal. Would you be disappointed for yourself, give up completely? How can you get round this, so you can pick your self up and move forward?

Lastly, your goal must be timed. Even if you are planning a one off event, you can still break it into short term, medium term and long term goals. These can be defined in your own way but as a guideline short term can mean days or a few weeks and long term can be from say a couple of months to several years or even forever.

By using S.M.A.R.T goals to plan your new adventure, means that your desired change might actually last and become a life style change rather than one of the more common temporary ideas that are usually forgotten by the end of January (I speak for myself here)

I wish you a very happy new year with exciting new beginnings!

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