Anyone for a drink? No, thank you!

I spent the final month of 2018 leading a ‘sod it, it’s Christmas’ lifestyle and it worked wonders for me. I spent the majority of December going to work parties and family parties; having nights out with friends; eating loads of sugary delights; and generally indulging myself; and all in the name of spreading some Yuletide joy!

 

But, as with so many other people, as soon the New Year celebrations were over, it was back to reality with a massive bump.

 

However, as the short lived, but well needed break drew to a close (albeit too quickly), and we grudgingly swapped late nights and lies ins for a return to the daily grind; how many of us did so with a list of unrealistic New Year’s resolutions hanging as heavily as those extra pounds we piled on over Christmas? And more to the point – whose stupid idea were resolutions anyway?

 

Without trying to bore you, New Year resolutions began around 4000 years ago, although as you can imagine, the resolutions back then were slightly different from today! Originally, they were a promise from the ancient Babylonians to their gods to repay any outstanding debts and return any borrowed items. Quite how we’ve moved from making well-meaning promises to the gods to promising not to touch a drop of alcohol, eat chocolate or to start going to the gym on a weekly basis, is hard to guess at, but one thing is absolutely certain … most people will crumble rather than succeed by the end of January.

 

And I will be one of those people. After all, a year is a long time to exclude something out of your life – especially when you really, really like it. All these resolutions are basically the result of a 3/4 day period that includes Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. So that leads me to the question; why don’t we make resolutions following a two-week break on holiday somewhere? Because, let’s face it, the consumption of copious amounts of food and drink in the summer in Spain is probably equal, if not more, to those few days at home in the dark day of winter.

 

Now you’re probably wondering; “why is a social media and marketing placement student talking about resolutions?”

 

And, my answer to this is that resolutions are similar to SMART goals. And with the clever setting of SMART goals, comes success. It isn’t a case of using the example of stopping drinking in 2019. It is a case of identifying the bigger picture and realising that SMART goals can be used for ANYTHING. Whether it’s personal, workplace related or a general goal, the use of SMART will help you succeed.

 

 SMART goals are defined as:

  • The goal which is set has an identified change.
  • There is a time scale to see whether it is achieved
  • The goal has to be something you can definitely achieve.
  • Don’t set a goal that is too out there!
  • Time Managed. Set an end date to ensure whether or not you have completed it.

 

A lot of you that make your resolutions will post them to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram in a bid to inform your family and friends of your mission. But before you do, consider the use of SMART goals to ensure that what you say you’re going to do is actually what you end up doing.

 

Finally, I don’t have the ability to predict how many of you will fail your resolutions by the end of January, or beyond. But I can confidently say that anyone who made a resolution to stop drinking, will have failed by 12:01am on the 1stJanuary when they raised their prosecco glasses to celebrate the New Year.

Written by Lewis Scott , 30/01/2019