by Emi Palmer
“New year, new me” is a phrase we often hear around this time of year. The start of the new year brings hope for a fresh start; it is a time of reflecting and, most of all, setting goals. A large percentage of people set goals, but an even larger percentage of goals are broke.
“[I have] made many [goals] and kept few,” senior Johanna Peel said.
In a recent NS survey, 62 percent of the student body actually set goals for 2018. Out of the that 62 percent, most of the goals were fitness related. This is no surprise; most of us can relate.
“[When you talk about goals]…people immediately think of physical appearances so that would make yourself healthier,” sophomore Savannah Ence said.
Fitness is something people are always trying to work on. At the first of the year, if you go to a gym, you see a lot of people pumping iron, but near the end of January and into February, if go to the gym, only the few truly dedicated people are left.
“They make goals that they don’t think about achieving in the long term and what they have to do to actually achieve them,” Ence said.
People often do not consider how to make goals that they will follow through with, and that are realistic and attainable.
“Most people stop working on their goals after a month; sometimes because they made a goal that they did think about realistically doing it long term, or they just had no motivation.”
A helpful guide it using the SMART goal acronym. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. Your goals should not be vague, and how do you know if you have completed them if you can’t measure the goal? Goals are not meant to bring you down and make you feel like you can’t accomplish anything, so do yourself a favor and make goals that you can actually reach.
Don’t make goals that don’t pertain to your life, make it something that will better you. Lastly, give yourself a timeline to reach the goal. This may require you to make smaller goals that will lead you toward you bigger goal.
Now you are equipped with all you need to make 2018 your best year; after all it is a, “new year, new me.”