No More Unfulfilled Resolutions

By Ghadeer Habash, Internationally Certified Career Trainer

Many people make grandiose resolutions but never get far on following through. Perhaps you were one of them and have given up entirely on your dreams due to continuous past disappointments. My advice? Let’s stop making New Year’s resolutions and start setting SMART goals.

What’s SMART goal setting?

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely

A total-life approach to goal setting

You can use the Wheel of Life to help you recognise where you currently stand from all important things in life. For example, getting in shape, if that is your goal, is not just about your physical or health goals, but could also affect your relationships, your work and your finances.

Consider taking the time to give yourself scores out of 10 on the most important elements in your life:

Business, career, studies

Finance, wealth

Health fitness

Social, friends


Romance, love

Recreation, fun


Personal Growth



For example, let’s look at Health, fitness. Give yourself a score that describes how involved you are in regular physical activity: on a scale from 0 to 10, zero means very weak involvement and 10 means very high involvement. If you go two to three times to the gym, for example, you can give yourself 8 or 9, while if you do not do any physical activity, you might get 1 or even 0! Low scores can give you a clear indication of where you currently stand and how far you are from where you aspire to be. Then comes planning when and how you are going to bridge the gap.

In your SMART goal-setting, let’s keep in mind:

Remembering that each person has different priorities

Avoiding talking about your goals in front of negative people who might put you down

Surrounding yourself with positive, optimistic people

Talking about your goals only with people who can support you

Avoiding stressing yourself with so many activities on the same day

Planning out your month, then distributing monthly activities week by week

Believing in yourself: you are your own change catalyst

Keeping in mind that everything is difficult at

       the beginning

Not compromising on priorities but also being flexible

What is really interesting about The Wheel of Life is that it helps us find our balance and manage our time effectively, which leads to self-fulfilment and happiness. Determination and persistence will definitely help you execute your plan! 

Happy New Year!

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