Make SMART resolutions for 2016


How to set goals and achieve them

By Erica L. Savage-Jeter - Contributing columnist



Happy 2016! As we enter the third week of a brand new year, many of us have already made our New Year’s resolutions and according to research, we have failed them as well.

According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, each January roughly two in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% stick to their goals for at least one week, less than half are sticking to those goals in 6 months.

So what is the key to a better year and a better you? How do we set goals and how do we achieve them?

Perhaps, this simple mnemonic published in 1981 issue of Management Review will help you achieve whatever goals you have for 2016.

S — Be Specific. What is that you want to do?

M — Your goal must be Measurable. How will you know how you are doing if you cannot measure your success?

A — Attainable. Make sure that your goal is achievable and realistic.

R — Your goal must be Relevant. If your goal is not important or relevant to your life, you are less likely to achieve your goals.

T — Time-Bound. Set your goal and then set a time table. Work towards successes over a specific time incrementally.

Whether it is to lose weight, gain better control of your health issues, to stop smoking, or to be a better friend or neighbor, be specific and be precise. Make your goals your priority and keep a positive mindset.

How to set goals and achieve them

By Erica L. Savage-Jeter

Contributing columnist

This story was “respectfully submitted in Christian love” by Erica L. Savage-Jeter, MD, MBA, FAAFP, Wyatt’s Chapel Health Ministry.

This story was “respectfully submitted in Christian love” by Erica L. Savage-Jeter, MD, MBA, FAAFP, Wyatt’s Chapel Health Ministry.

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