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Keep Your New Year's Resolutions!

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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:

  1. Exercise more

  2. Lose weight

  3. Get organized

  4. Learn a new skill or hobby

  5. Live a fuller life

  6. Save more money / spend less money

  7. Quit smoking

  8. Spend more time with family and friends

  9. Travel more

  10. Read more

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.

  • RELEVANT: Make sure your goal is achievable given the resources at your disposal.

  • TIMELY: Choose a deadline for completion or a daily, monthly, or weekly repeating timeframe for the task.

The SMART goals framework works for both short-term and long-term goals and is particularly well-suited for people in recovery because it provides concrete suggestions for breaking down vague goals into a series of steps that provide a foundation for success,

Check out the video below.

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Contributing CCR volunteer editor: Susan W.

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