A great way to make sure that your New Year’s Resolutions for your healthiest year yet are attainable and realistic is to follow the SMART Goals model! SMART goals help you break down your resolutions into clear, specific, and measurable goals that you are able to achieve in a timely manner. This will help you hold yourself accountable to ensure that you are taking steps throughout the year to continue to work towards the best version of yourself and your relationships!

SMART Goals stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. As you set your goals for 2020, try your best to make sure that your goal covers each of the areas listed above. For example, after engaging in some self-reflection, you may come up with some general ideas for your New Year’s Resolution. Let’s say that your resolution is to improve communication in your relationships. This is a pretty broad goal, so to make it more specific, you may narrow it down to “I resolve to use more “I Statements” when communicating my feelings to my loved ones.” Now that we have a more specific goal, let’s explore how we can make this goal measurable. One way to measure your use of “I Statements” is to keep a weekly journal where you reflect on your role in your relationships and check-in about moments where you did or didn’t use “I statements.” Know that there is not “right” or “wrong” way to go about checking in with your progress and measuring your goals. We encourage you to use whichever method works best for you! Now it’s time to check if your goal is attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Ask yourself, “Is this goal relevant to my life and aspirations, and is it something I can accomplish? If so, how long will it take me to accomplish this goal?” In the case of our goal of using “I statements,” it is relevant to our bigger goal of improving communication in our relationships, and it is something that can be achieved throughout the next year. 

Now that you have a better idea of how to walk through the SMART Goal setting process, we encourage you to apply SMART Goals to your New Year’s Resolutions for 2020!