Happy New Year and Welcome to 2015! This is the year that you will make your health a top priority and enjoy all the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet.
Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, create some real and powerful goals this year!
I suggest you spend some time today or later this week setting some S.M.A.R.T. Goals for several aspects of your life (health, wealth, and relationships are the ‘big three’).
Make sure each goal meets the S.M.A.R.T. criteria. I do not recommend more than five goals per year, and for most people, three is optimal number. Nevertheless, if you have three big goals, this is enough to significantly improve your life over a 12-month period.
Specific: A specific goal is required for success. Vague goals like “I want more to lose weight” often fail as few individuals just want to shed a single ounce which would technically satisfy that statement. Be extremely clear on what you want to achieve. In fact, you might consider the ‘six honest serving men’ from Kipling’s famous poem:
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When,
And How and Where and Who.
- What: What is it exactly you want to accomplish?
- Why: Why is this goal important to you? What is the main reason or purpose for this goal?
- When: When will you begin and when will you finish?
- How: By what means or methodology will you strive to do this?
- Where: Determine the location(s) and settings that are necessary for maximal success.
- Who: Besides you, who else will be involved? Friends? Family? Co-workers? Coaches?
Measurable: Determine how you will be able to track your success and how you will know when you have attained your goal? How can you measure it daily or weekly? What criteria will you use? For example, a goal about weight loss could include how many pounds one loses per week.
Attainable: Goals should be challenging, but not impossible. If your current income was only $10,000 in 2010, setting a goal to earn one million dollars in 2015 is just not realistic. Take an inventory of your current skills, abilities, resources, money, contacts, and knowledge. You want to move from point A to point B. What is attainable in just 365 days? Of course, don’t set your sights to low either, but be aware of what is possible over the next 12 months with the right strategy and action.
Recorded: Write down your goals. Think on paper. Make it is clear as you can. Once it is record, review the goal daily. And revise it is you have a better method or a more refined plan after beginning. Additionally, I suggest a daily goals journal or diary to record your progress.
Time-Bound: Some people claim that goals are merely dreams with a deadline. A goal should have a definite beginning, middle, and end. If you want to lose 30 pound, the big question is ‘by when?’ Most New Year’s Resolutions fail as they rarely have a timetable. Like meetings and events, your deadline should be on your calendar. Additionally, it is wise to spend 30-60 minutes focusing on your goal every day until it is completed. This ‘goal time’ should also be scheduled so it doesn’t get forgotten.