Get SMART About New Year’s Resolutions

It’s official – 2015 has begun. And if you’re smart about making and keeping your resolutions, you can totally rock this New Year! Here are a few tips from Project SOS:

Get “SMART”

Let’s face it – most people have a pretty rotten record when it comes to keeping New Year’s resolutions. That’s because the resolutions they choose are not SMART – Specific and simple; measurable, accountable, realistic and time-based. Success is all in the approach, so make sure your goals and plan fit these requirements.

Once you’ve mastered the SMART goals approach, try your hand at these:

Get Healthy

Want to lose or gain a few pounds, firm up or simply be more active? Besides setting SMART goals, make your health-related plans fun, too. Most health-related resolutions fail because one can only walk that treadmill so many times before sheer boredom kills one’s will power. Join a sports team or take up a physical activity that you’ve never tried before and that offer some variety. Ice skating, rock climbing, hiking are great alternatives to the monotony of a gym.

Get Creative

Since 2+0+1+5=8 (and the number 8 symbolizes a new beginning or resurrection), is there a particular creative activity you’ve been thinking of trying but haven’t yet had the courage? Or perhaps you’ve lost touch with something you once enjoyed? Expand your creative horizons by signing up for a painting class, taking the stage for a spoken word performance, joining a dance academy or competing in a short filmmaking contest.

Get Happy

A happiness boost is perhaps the best New Year’s resolution. In fact, it’s what the act of making resolutions ultimately is all about. And the best way to achieve that is to help others reach their goals, meet their needs or simply lift their spirits. Each day, make it a point to encourage a loved one, make a new friend or volunteer a helping hand.

What are your SMART goals for 2015 and how will you best keep your New Year’s resolutions? Post your thoughts on the Project SOS Facebook Fan Page.

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