They are scary things when they feel unachievable. Sometimes it seems easier to not have goals at all. After all, you can't fail a goal you never set. But goals are important and beneficial for your mental and physical well-being. Here's why you should have goals year round--- and not those half-hearted New Year goals either:

1. Accomplishing goals makes you happier

It's just really satisfying to cross something off of your to-do list. And science agrees! Studies have shown that accomplishing goals gives people a small rush of serotonin. In other words, completing goals literally makes you happier.

2. Goals make you focus on what really matters

If you, like me, have about a million things to do and zero time to do it, goals can help you prioritize the things that you truly need to get done. It's amazing how much quicker things happen when you have a tasklist--- and with that free time, you can go out and get more things done!

3. Goals help you get better...now

How many times have you said you were going to change your diet or sleep schedule only to put it off? By establishing a goal with a time frame you hold yourself accountable for your own health. Isn't it time to start living a healthier life---not tomorrow, next week or next year, but right now? We know you can do it, we're here to help!

How to Make a SMART Resolution

Do you know the difference between a SMART Goal and a bad VAPID Goal? A SMART Goal can build your confidence and self-esteem in no time, while a bad VAPID Goal can quickly backfire--- making you feel worse than before.

Good SMART Goals all follow a basic formula, they must be:

  • Specific
  • Measured
  • Actionable
  • Responsible
  • Time-bounded

SMART goals should tell you exactly when, where, and how to do something. That something should be what you are actually able to do. For example, "I will do 50 squats today" is not exactly an actionable or responsible goal for your 90-year-old grandmother. (Unless she's totally ripped. Go, grandma!) If you're just starting out with a new workout or routine, it's important to ease into it. A smarter goal may be, "I will do 5-10 squats this morning and add 1-2 squats per day."

VAPID goals follow the same formula as SMART Goals but are impossible to complete and are:

  • Vague
  • Amorphous
  • Pie-in-the-sky
  • Irrelevant
  • Delayed

Perhaps the most infamous example of a VAPID goal is the common New Year's Eve Resolution, "I will lose weight." Okay, but how? How will you act out this plan? By diet? Exercise? When? In one month? Six? How much weight do you need to lose before the VAPID goal is satisfied? VAPID goals are insidious because, by their very nature, they don't give you the resources to accomplish the goal. VAPID goals are impossible to accomplish.

Therefore, it's important to set SMART goals, with special emphasis on the RT--- hold yourself Responsible for your Time-bound commitment. If you don't hold yourself accountable, your SMART goal will just turn into a VAPID one.

Most importantly, once you've completed your goal reward yourself! Bask in those endorphins! You've earned it!

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