For 2019, aim for SMART goals!
(SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely)
The end of the year is the greatest time, in my opinion, to re-evaluate our personal short and long-term goals and start planning for the year to come. Most people plan for their New Year's resolutions and I am sure others can relate when I say it's disappointing to find many of my resolutions from last year have not been accomplished.
Is it my lack of effort? Am I not investing enough time into my goals? Am I lacking something - is there something wrong with me? Nope. I mean, it's very possible that I need to put more effort and time to attain my goals. And some things are just not for me. But one thing is for sure, when year after year, I am not where I said I would be, it's clear that the goals I am setting are just not the right fit.
Wording is extremely important when it comes to goal setting. If going to the gym has been at the top of your list for a while and it's not happening, try to investigate some more. Maybe you're a social person that likes group classes? Maybe you prefer doing some yoga at home? Maybe your tight schedule can't afford a 30 minute daily work-out but a 10 minute daily intensive workout can pass? What works for YOU? What will fit right with your interests, goals, and your lifestyle?
Sure, we have to put in effort (and lots of it) but changes happen gradually. Often times, we get stuck in this circle of "I need to go to the gym" and the other obstacles that come to mind "where will I leave my baby to go to the gym?" and don't think any further. Dig deeper: can you find a gym that has childcare? Do you have a partner or family member that can care while you exercise? Is there some sort of exercise you can do with your baby? Theses investigations will push you to look for things fit with ease!
As Dietitians, every year, we have to set goals we want to attain as health professionals and submit them to our College. I have noticed, year after year, that my goals are pretty similar. I am working hard to attain them, but I am not yet satisfied. For that, I have learned to make my goals much more specific, and to carefully choose what works for me, in my life situation right now. They have now become much more attainable! So remember, next time you set goals, if they're not working - you haven't failed them, they've probably failed you!
Sarah Hamdan Registered Dietitian.