Every year, countless millions of people from around the globe make New Year resolutions, hoping to spark positive change in their lives. The recurring themes each year include a more active approach to health and fitness, improved finances, and learning new things for personal and professional development.
Chances are, more than a couple of the top 10 most common resolutions will look familiar to you:
Learn a new skill or hobby
Live a fuller life
Save more money / spend less money
Spend more time with family and friends
Did you know that most New Year’s resolutions fail because they are too vague or the person making the resolution hasn’t thought about how to achieve their goal. For example, “get in shape” could mean anything from losing 20 pounds to being able to run a 5K.
To set effective goals for yourself, consider following the principles outlined in the acronym SMART below.
SPECIFIC: Choose a precise outcome.
MEASURABLE: Find a way to measure your progress.
ACTION-ORIENTED: Decide what specific steps you will take to reach your goal.