The enthusiasm of a HAPPY new year feels like the perfect time to change bad habits and establish new goals that will help you grow. While some may minimize setting new year’s resolutions as a foolproof method of settling back into old patterns, we at New Age Spa Institute want you to focus on maximizing goals in a realistic way.
Whether your goal is to begin a new career, complete an advanced certification, or feed your ambition with a new business venture our aim at New Age Spa Institute is to promote self-development and accomplishment.
Here’s “How to make the next 30 days count”:
Set a SMART goal!
SMART is an acronym for:
- Specific – Choose a very specific, achievable goal. You want to make goals that are realistic rather than drastic. Choosing a concrete goal gives you the opportunity to plan exactly how you are going to accomplish and stick to your goal over the next 30 days.
- Measurable – Set a clear system of measurement to assess your progress and track to goal completion.
- Attainable – Setting goals for the next few weeks is less daunting than committing to a whole year. Breaking your goals into bite-size installments can help make you more accountable and measure your progress.
- Relevant – Be enthusiastic! Choose a goal that matters and is important to you. So much more can be accomplished with an upbeat, can-do attitude.
- Time-Bound – You have a clear date when the goal will be completed by. Don’t set the goal so far into the future that you will lose motivation and your discipline suffers. Shorter goals, with realistic timelines and results, keep the energy up and your momentum going in the right direction.
The biggest skill you can improve with setting SMART goals is thinking about how you will measure the goal and how to accurately estimate the time it will take. Focus on your goal in terms of what will be accomplished when you receive the desired result.
Learning and completing new goals can be exhausting. Anticipate that you will make a few errors, particularly when you first start. Remember though that it is what you do once you have made the mistake that makes the difference. Take a breather, relax, and reflect. Take a few minutes every day to reflect; 10 minutes in the morning to plan for the day ahead and 10 minutes at the end of the day to reflect on how you got there and what you didn’t manage to complete.