The holidays are a time of celebration and carefree living. We all tend to let go and let loose with the personal promise that we will make it up to our bodies with the arrival of the new year. The problem is, loosing 10 Kg is easier said than done and those who have tried it know the pain, difficulty, and frustration that comes with it. As such, most New Year's resolutions are given up on with the same speed that we mentally set them up.
To make these goals less elusive one simply needs to be SMART. I've come across this several times whenever the topic of personal development is brought up and there is no better time to echo it.
SMART is an acronym that stands for the following.
Specific, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic, and Time-bound.
Instead of saying I want to work out more, set specific dates and times with a way that fits your lifestyle and with milestones that are reasonable. Ex: Hit the gym Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7PM for 40 minutes.
Tackling these will slowly build up confidence and develop habits and before you know it you've achieved your goals and more.
Explanation from comments: This is a recreation by the public art fund of a Peter Fischli and David Weiss installation in conjunction with their current retrospective at the Guggenheim museum called "how to work better."