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Wellness tip: set SMART goals

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Is your New Year’s resolution still going strong? If not, it may not have to do with your willpower, maybe it was just the wrong goal. To make the most of your resolution, set a SMART goal.

A SMART goal is:


Setting a SMART goal and recording your progress along the way can help increase your success and make a lasting behavior change.

Specific–Think about what actions you will take to make your desired behavior change. Focus your attention to that specific behavior.

Measurable–Make sure you are able to measure the progress of your goal. Measurements provide tangible evidence that you have accomplished the goal.

Achievable–Don’t make the mistake of setting your goals too high. You want to feel challenged, but don’t set yourself up for failure.

Realistic–Make sure you have all the resources you need to achieve your goal. If you truly believe that you can accomplish your goal, then your goal is most likely realistic.

Timed–Set a timeframe for when you would like to achieve your goal. Give yourself enough time.

Remember you can always make adjustments to your goal along the way. When you track your progress, it is easier to see where adjustments need to be made. This year, set a SMART goal to help make your New Year’s resolution last.

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