Friends resolved to differing goals
by ANDY PARKS firstname.lastname@example.org THE calendar may have clicked over to another year, but Jaya Waidelich won't be making any New Year resolutions for 2008. "I don't like to make New Year's Eve resolutions, but I do make daily resolutions and goals," Jaya said. However, her friend, Claire Mataira, was happy to make a resolution to herself for the New Year, and happy to put it on the public record in The Northern Star. "My New Year's resolution is to not feel guilty to say 'no' to people," she said. "I have trouble with the good girl in me and I do things that are not always good for me. "So I'm going to look after myself this year." Claire is an artist and writer who has been living in Peru and working on a book about Shamanistic artwork. She said she had seen some terrible poverty and found it hard not to help people. But according to the health website myDr.com.au, Claire's resolution is probably too general for her to be able to keep it. They advise that if you make a New Year's resolution, you should make it S.M.A.R.T. that's Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely. Instead of setting a vague goal like to lose weight, set a specific goal, such as 'I want to lose weight and I plan to do it through swimming three times a week and cutting 1000 kilojoules a day from my intake'; or instead of 'I want to lose weight', set a goal like 'I want to lose 15 kilograms'. Also ask yourself: Do you have the skills and resources needed to complete the goal and is it relevant to your bigger picture goals? Make sure your goal has a deadline and that you have set dates for individual steps within your main goal.