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January: Goals
A new year is a fresh start and a great time to focus on creating (or re-establishing) healthy habits! This year, instead of making a resolution, try creating a few short-term and long-term goals. One reason people tend to give up resolutions so easily is that they can be too broad and vague. Effectively developed goals on the other hand, are specific, finite, and help you stay focused on your desired outcome.

healthYou can set a goal for almost anything! Whether you are training for a race, trying to eat more vegetables, or saving for a big purchase, making your goals SMART sets you up for success!

MeaningBe purposeful in your goal setting. Choose a small number of objectives that are the most important to you. A goal should include a metric that lets you know you’ve accomplished it.

ConnectionIt is easier to stick to a new behavior with a supportive network. Accountability can be motivating and is critical for success. Tell friends, family, and co-workers about your goals and ask them for support.

resilience Behavior change is not always linear. Chances are you will have missteps along the way. Be kind to yourself and understand that mistakes are part of the process. Instead of giving up, learn from the situation and try again.

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Current January eNewsletter

For information from past months, visit the the Monthly Matters Archive.