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Be a Smarty: Goal Setting for 2024

Are you a QUITTER?

The first Friday of January is known as Quitter’s Day. It is on this day that MOST people abandon their goals (or resolutions) they set for themselves on January 1. So, let’s think about that for a minute. About 2 weeks into the new year, most people have already given up on their focus for the new year. Let’s talk about this for a minute.

New Year’s is all about resolutions… NOT goals. Resolutions are general, unrealistic big ideas without a plan. And apparently, forgotten by February! Goals have a plan. A way to see progress. Resolutions are vague. One example would be: “I want to lose weight.” This statement is too basic and there is no plan of action or way to measure. Goal setting should include “SMARTY” goals.

Do you have a goal that you want to achieve this year? Maybe you want to lose weight, start a business, learn a new skill, or travel the world. 🌎

But how do you turn your wishful thinking into reality? 🤔Let’s turn those ideas and resolutions into something that helps you see results!

SMARTY stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound, and Yours. 🙌

Resolutions are like “I want to be healthier” or “I want to be happier”. Goals are like “I want to lose 10 pounds by June” or “I want to start a podcast by March”. 🎙️

Let me show you how to use the SMARTY framework to create a goal that is clear, realistic, and motivating for you. 💯

Let’s say your goal is to learn Spanish. Here’s how you can make it SMARTY:

  • Specific: What exactly do you want to learn? How will you measure your progress? A specific goal could be “I want to learn 1000 words and 50 phrases in Spanish”.
  • Measurable: How will you know when you have achieved your goal? How will you track your learning? A measurable goal could be “I will use an app to learn and review words and phrases every day”.
  • Achievable: Is your goal realistic and attainable? Do you have the resources and skills to reach it? An achievable goal could be “I will dedicate 30 minutes a day to learning Spanish”.
  • Relevant: Why is this goal important to you? How does it align with your values and vision? A relevant goal could be “I want to learn Spanish because I love the culture and I want to travel to Spain someday”.
  • Time-bound: When do you want to achieve your goal? How long will it take you? A time-bound goal could be “I want to learn Spanish in 6 months”.
  • Yours: Is this goal truly yours, or are you doing it for someone else? Do you feel passionate and excited about it? A yours goal could be “I want to learn Spanish because it is my dream and I enjoy the challenge”.

So, your SMARTY goal could look something like this:

“I want to learn 1000 words and 50 phrases in Spanish in 6 months using an app for 30 minutes a day because I love the culture and I want to travel to Spain someday. This is my dream and I enjoy the challenge.”

Now that’s a SMARTY goal! 🙌

Do you see how much more clear, realistic, and motivating this goal is than just saying “I want to learn Spanish”? By using the SMARTY framework, you can turn any resolution into a goal that will help you achieve your dreams. 💫

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a pen and paper and start writing your SMARTY goals today. You got this! 💪Don’t be a QUITTER… Keep plugging on and revising those goals to see success!

That is also a big key in this process… learning to pivot! If you did not complete your goal by the target date, revise. Sometimes life happens or things change- what started out as realistic maybe turned into something that wasn’t. And that is OK! Just learn how to pivot and you will be set for hitting your goals this year.

Do you need accountability? It helps a ton to have someone to check in with. If you need guidance on your journey, reach out. That’s what I do… 🙂

#lifecoaching #holistichealth #integrativementalhealth #success #goals

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Judith Labert

I have over 15 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Addictions counselor, as well as focusing on Art Therapy, PCIT/Parenting and Trauma as my specialties. I added an Integrative Mental Health Certification as well as other holistic tools to help my clients.
Now as a Certified Life AND Certified Mental Wellness Coach, specializing in the realm of overall life balance and Mental Wellness, I am able to bring all of my skill sets to the table.
Through my own journey, I have discovered my passion of helping others become their best selves through an integrative approach, using holistic tools such as various art and therapy modalities, lifestyle coaching, emotional release techniques, aromatherapy, goal setting, mindset and more!

hi! I'm Judith!

I am passionate about holistic healing, emotional health & wholeness and helping people achieve their best lives authentically!

I’m a Certified Life AND Certified Mental Wellness Coach, specializing in the realm of overall life balance and Mental Wellness.

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