Proper Goal Setting for the New Year

A New Year’s resolution is a secular tradition in which a person makes a goal or promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice throughout the upcoming year.

Some common resolutions are…

  • Improve physical wellbeing; eat healthy, exercise more, lose weight, quit smoking
  • Improve mental wellbeing; think positive, laugh more, stress less
  • Improve self; get rid of bad habits, do better in school, stay organized, be closer to God
  • Make new friends; improve social skills

Making a New Year’s Resolution is a great start to making some very positive improvements to your life, but if these goals aren’t set properly, we may never achieve them. To increase our chances of reaching our goals, we must learn how to set SMARTT goals.


Specific goals have much greater chances of being accomplished than general goals. To set a specific goal we must answer the questions who, what, where, when and why.


Measurable goals have an established criterion to track progress as time passes and you attain your goals. When you are able to measure your progress toward your ultimate goal, you are better able to encourage yourself to stay on track, and experience the satisfaction that some with progress. To determine if a goal is measurable, we must answer questions like: “How much”, “How many”, “In what time”.


Attainable goals can be achieved by anyone when we plan our steps toward achieving that goal wisely. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.


Realistic goals are great because when we set goals too high, we risk being discouraged as we find some goals we set are very hard to achieve. When we set goals, we need to be aware of our own abilities and set smaller goals to achieve as we work to our ultimate goals. To be realistic, we must set goals that we are both willing and able to achieve. Our goals can be both high and realistic.


Timely goals are important because when we set a timeframe, we will develop a sense of urgency to achieve our goals. Reaching goals to be achieved “someday” wont work. If you set your goal to be finished in a certain timeframe, you will have unconsciously set yourself to begin working on that goal.


Tangible goals are goals that you can experience with one or more of your senses. When a goal is tangible, you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable, and thus, attainable.

Final Thoughts:

Remember to write these goals down and place them somewhere you can see them every day so that you can constantly remind yourself of what it is you are trying to achieve.

Remember WHY you set the goals you have – use this as motivation for achieving them. It can include anything like wanting to be able to carry your grandchildren, or play sports with your children. Anything that is important to you is great motivation to keep you on track towards achieving your New Year’s Resolution.


For more information regarding the Holiday Health Challenge you can call our office at (970) 356-5255 or email the staff at

From everyone here at Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic, Happy Holidays.

 We are committed to educating and inspiring individuals and families to cultivate health and healing throughout their lives.

Dr. Erik and Dr. Patricia


An Appointment