Make ‘SMART’ resolutions in the new year

smart goal setting conceptIf you want to make positive behavioral changes in the new year, consider setting a SMART goal:

  • S: Specific, significant
  • M: Measurable
  • A: Achievable
  • R: Realistic and Results-oriented
  • T: Time based and Trackable

You are much more likely to stick to an exercise plan if you commit to a 30 minute walk or jog three days a week instead of saying, “I will exercise more.”

It is best to be as specific as possible and to make sure the goal is attainable. Accountability is important to success.

I encourage people to discuss their plans with a primary care provider, and to rely on trusted family and friends for support. A primary care provider also can help uncover barriers to achieving a goal, and troubleshoot ways to overcome those barriers.

Looking for additional information to help keep your resolutions, click here for the five tips for success.