SMART Goals and ResolutionsWe’re in the season of New Year’s resolutions, so it’s a good time to think about smart goals. Ask yourself: Are your resolutions:
- Things that you can actually measure, evaluating how much progress you’ve made?
- Within your power to achieve, even if doing so requires you to stretch yourself?
- Relevant to your addiction recovery?
- Time-bound—that is, are you seeking to accomplish your goals within a predetermined timeframe?
- Accountability is crucial to sustaining your resolutions. You can become accountable to yourself by keeping a journal of your progress. You might also want to find an “accountability buddy” with whom you can routinely connect—ideally someone who’s been through addiction recovery for themselves.
- Good goal-setting requires balance. You want to make resolutions that are tough, and cause you to put forth some effort, but you also want to make them things you really can do. Don’t set yourself up for failure by making resolutions that are genuinely impossible.
- Remember that everyone falls short on their resolutions sometimes. Don’t beat yourself up! These resolutions exist so that you’ll have something to work toward—so forgive yourself for setbacks, then get right back to work!