The new year comes with a daunting prospect: New Year’s resolutions. Most of us think long and hard about these goals that we want to begin, complete, or get better at. Did you know only about half of us succeed in maintaining these targets? Here at the Allegria Hotel we know how important success is for our guests, so we’re sharing a popular strategy to help you keep those resolutions. Two words: SMART Goals.
You would be surprised at how much of a difference this makes, yet how few of us do it. We often choose something we want to achieve but leave the details very open. This way, we don't feel bad about not quite managing it. The opposite actually works better. Decide on what you would like to do. If you want to lose weight, how much, and by when? For example “lose five pounds in the next two months.” This gives you a sense of achievement that is likely to encourage you to keep up the good work.
This one may seem more obvious. You might want to save a certain amount of money or to lose a certain amount of weight, but what if you want to stop biting your nails? It may seem harder to track, but with phones and journals nowadays all you need to do is snap a photo to track your progress; it’s that simple.
A target shouldn’t be too easy, but it shouldn't be too hard, either. When you are in the planning stages consider where you are at already. If you haven’t exercised in years and your resolution is to run an ultra marathon in six months, you might end up feeling discouraged or overwhelmed. That’s not to say you shouldn't aim big, but instead set achievable mini goals. You could start with a 5K or 10K race around Long Beach, NY, and work towards longer distances.
Your intentions are much more likely to succeed if they mean something to you. Choose things that are closer to your heart for the long-term. If you set a resolution that is going to wear off after a few weeks, it will be harder to keep. Choose things you’ve wanted to do for years or feel strongly about. Think motivation.
Often forgotten, this is a motivational key. Having time-bound objectives allows you to tick things off as you pass them by on your way to bigger achievements. When you are setting your resolutions, factor in smaller “wins” along the way. You want to save $500 or $5K this year? It would be better to save $50 or $500 every month. This way, you can see your progress regularly and give yourself a pat on the back for keeping to it.
Whether you want to save money this year, or to get fit during the long winter, check out our blog to help you along the way. Reward yourself for keeping to your goals by booking a beach getaway at Allegria Hotel.