Tis the season of resolutions…

A new year usually begins with some reflection. What worked? What didn’t you do? What you want to do?

Here is to a fresh start to shape the next 365 days the way you want. To make sure it happens, make your goals SMART.

Making your goals SMART gives them structure and puts you on the right path to make them happen.

Specific: Don’t be vague. Try to be as concise as possible. Use who, what, where, when and how.

Measurable: Give it a number or a target so you can chart your progress.

Attainable: Do you already have the skills to achieve your goal or do you need outside sources to get you there? Either way, have a plan to make sure you’re equipped.

Realistic: Is this something YOU actually want to do in a sensible amount of time.

Time-oriented: When is it going to happen or be completed by? Give it a date and/or time.

For example don’t say you want to have a healthier lifestyle. What does that really look like? Do you want to take 10,000 steps every day for one month? Or do you want to eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day? Do you want to lose 1 lb a week for the next 3 months?

Using these concepts will help keep you accountable so you stay on track of your target.

It’s not luck, it’s persistence.