I recently read a rather convincing article on why you shouldn't make new year's resolutions. The article stated that it was "a science-proven fact that starting from zero and trying to shoot for the moon will only result in a hard crash". It said that massive goals can are deflating rather than motivating and that it sets people up for failure. I agree with this, but I also think that massive goals CAN be accomplished, you just have to break them down into micro-size, attainable goals.

The article argued that you should start a goal whenever you want to or feel inspired (I also agree), not just at the beginning of a year; it said don't force yourself to go running if you don't like running, instead focus on the exercise and lifestyle changes that you enjoy in order to get healthy. Again, I agree.

So how do we break our massive goals into smaller, attainable steps? I learned the S.M.A.R.T. algorithm in several leadership goals and I think it helps in getting started.

S - specific
M - measurable
A - attainable
R - realistic
T - time table (give yourself a deadline)

Basically, you don't have to strive for perfection in every area of your life. That is usually unattainable and leads to frustration. Focus on one or two things (write an article this year, walk ten miles a week, cook three days a week) and don't beat yourself up if you get off course - just course correct as soon as you can.

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WellnessJoanna Simmon