The new year is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. It is also a time to set new goals and resolutions for ourselves. Whether it is to lose weight, quit smoking, learn a new skill, or travel more, we all have something we want to achieve in the new year. But how can we make sure that we stick to our resolutions and not give up halfway?

One way to increase our chances of success is to make our resolutions SMART. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This means that we should have a clear and concrete idea of what we want to accomplish, how we will measure our progress, whether it is realistic and attainable, why it is important to us, and when we expect to achieve it. For example, instead of saying “I want to lose weight”, we can say “I want to lose 10 pounds by March 31st by exercising for 30 minutes every day and eating a balanced diet”.

Another way to keep ourselves motivated is to share our resolutions with others. This can help us to get support, feedback, and accountability from our friends, family, or online communities. We can also join groups or programs that have similar goals as us, such as a fitness club, a language course, or a travel agency. By doing this, we can learn from others, exchange tips and advice, and celebrate our achievements together.

Finally, we should not be too hard on ourselves if we encounter setbacks or challenges along the way. Resolutions are not meant to be easy, and they require commitment, discipline, and perseverance. We should not give up if we miss a day of exercise, have a cheat meal, or fail a test. Instead, we should learn from our mistakes, adjust our plans, and remind ourselves of our reasons and benefits. We should also reward ourselves for our efforts and accomplishments, no matter how big or small.

The new year is a new opportunity to improve ourselves and our lives. By making SMART resolutions, sharing them with others, and being kind to ourselves, we can achieve our goals and make this year the best one yet.

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November 1, 2023 • 9:35AM


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