Another year, and another set of goals.  Don’t let this years personal list of improvements fall into the resolution abyss.  Here are some simple tips to keep you on track.

Be S.M.A.R.T. about it

When creating your list of resolutions, don’t just jot down some words on a napkin.  Make sure your goals are Specific, Measurable and Attainable.  The R and T are for Relevant and Time-Related, but I feel like those are superfluous for the sake of having a better acronym.  SAM goals are where it’s at.

Buddy up

If it works for going to the gym, it will work for anything.  Get a buddy, a spouse, or even an adversary.  Make yourselves accountable to each other.  Catapult off each others successes, and pull each other up on failures.

Limit yourself

Your list of resolutions shouldn’t look like an ancient scroll.  Keep it short and simple, otherwise you will get lost in your own ambition.

What do you want?

Pick your goals based on what you really want.  What changes are most important to you, and will improve your life the most?  Don’t pick goals you think you should be doing, or goals that other people think you should be doing. Own your goals, own your life.

Words, Words, Words

Document your progress.  Keep a journal, blog, video log, spreadsheet, or whatever works for you.  It will help you stay on path. Keep track of your progress, which is critical for not getting discouraged.

Everyday is a great day to make a positive change, but the New Year is an amazing time to reflect on ourselves and steer our lives into the direction we want to be headed.  Happy Resolutioning!!!!