Ring in the New Year Right with my favourite goal-achieving advice.

Set a SMART goal: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. It’s important to determine when the best time to start working towards your resolution is- January isn’t for everyone.  Are you still exhausted from the holidays? Give yourself time to recover and properly prepare.

Talk it out. Tell a trusted friend or family member your New Year’s resolution to provide some encouragement and keep you accountable.  Better yet, achieve a goal together!

Check-in.  Plan out “check-points” along the way to assess how you’re doing and revise the plan, if needed. At the end of each week or month is best.

Take one day at a time.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed when looking at the big picture so stay focussed on the here and now.  If you get derailed, remember that tomorrow is a new day.

Accept the process.  The journey towards achieving health goals can take many different paths- some are straight, some are winding and some even backtrack.  This is okay.  Be kind to yourself along the way and don’t be afraid to stop and ask for directions.