A resolution is a statement of what you want to change. For example, saving money. A goal is a statement of what you want to achieve; the steps you need to take to achieve it; and when you want to achieve it by.
At MileStone, we have always had our students create goals and a vision for the future. Setting goals and creating a plan to achieve them helps students become more independent and increases their self-esteem when they reach their goals. Like so many of the things we teach, this is a skill students need for future success.
As we get ready for a new year, it is time to create your resolutions/goals for the new year.
Studies show that 91% of those that make a new year’s resolution will not succeed in keeping their resolution. Why? Because the goal is too broad, or we don’t plan how we will achieve it.
Moreover, studies have proven that something takes between 21 and 28 days to become a habit. Here are four suggestions on how you can be successful this year:
Create a SMART Goal. A SMART GOAL is Specific, Simple, Measurable, Action Oriented, Realistic, Time Bound. Click here for more information about SMART Goals and including examples by MileStone Academy.
Create a Vision Board for the year and keep it someplace to remind you of your goal every time you see it. Creating a vision board is not hard for tips on creating one – click to learn more + 2-minute video.
Could you plan how you can meet your goal? If your goal is to lose weight, you need to prepare meals and shop for groceries.
If you are going to exercise, how will it fit into your schedule? If students want better grades, what adjustments will they need to make?
Form a support group with your family or friends and discuss your goals and plans. Check-in often. I suggest weekly so you can adjust your plan if needed.
Most importantly, if you fall off for a few days, don’t beat yourself up – adjust your plan and start again.