“Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do.” – Elvis Presley
This week's theme: Resolutions and Goal Setting
Fewer Americans are creating New Year’s resolutions this year than in the past. Whether writing up resolutions in January is — or isn’t — your cup of tea, we have a few ideas about goal setting that can help start your year off right.
Believe it or not, researchers are pretty interested in how people change behaviors and set new habits. One study identified a few predictors of successful habit changes, like having the skills to change, the readiness to change, and self-efficacy, or belief in your own ability. Another found that it can help to start by clarifying your values.
So before setting your goals, allow yourself to reflect on what matters to you at your core, what you are ready for, and what you truly believe you can do.
💡 Goal achievement takes some skill, and one trick is to set SMART goals, i.e. objectives that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.
When you set a SMART goal, you are essentially weaving your action plan into the goal itself. Rather than saying, “I want to exercise more,” you can say, “I want to do aerobic exercises 3 days a week for 30 minutes.” Think through how your goal will fit in your schedule, and how you’ll go about setting up your environment to make achieving your goal easier.
And hey, we know it’s not always easy to change habits. This year, give yourself time to contemplate and prepare prior to taking action so that your resolution is more likely to stick.
Christen Mullane, Ph.D.
Look ahead. What would you like to see change or shift in your life over the course of this year? Remember to follow your own curiosity and joy as you set your goals — how can moving towards your goals be fun? Write your thoughts down and put this in a safe place. Set a calendar reminder for December 2022 that cues you to look at your intention and reflect on how you have grown.Share on facebook Share Share on twitter Tweet Share on reddit Reddit Share on email Forward
What are we reading? Glad you asked! This week’s MO recommendation is:
The Motivational Interviewing Workbook
By Dr. Angela Wood
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