Most of us greet the New Year determined to make this the year that we set and keep to our New Year’s resolutions.  Gym membership soars in January and Weight Watchers probably do ok as well.  But how many times have you set yourself goals in January only to have given up or completely forgotten what they were by February.

We can change this pattern by creating SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based.  It is also a good idea to phrase your goal positively.  It is better to state your goal weight and a realistic date when that will be achievable by.  So it would be better to say, ‘I want to be 9 stone by 1st May 2018’ rather than ‘ I want to lose 8 pounds by 1st May’.

Once you have set your SMART goal, you need to break it down into small achievable steps.   With a  weight-loss goal, you would look at diet and exercise and think about what weight you want to be at the end of each month.  To meet the example goal above, you have just under 4 months to lose 8 pounds which works out at 2 pounds per month which is approximately

Whatever goal you want to set for 2018, whether it is losing weight, writing your novel or changing your job, a life coach can help you get there by working with you to set a great SMART goal and helping you break it down into achievable steps.   Meeting up with your coach regularly will keep you accountable and motivated.  If you would like to talk to me about how coaching can help you achieve your goals, contact me at sally@sallyryancoaching.com to book a free 30 minute consultation.