Zinda Law - January 2020

Principal Office 8834 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. Suite 304, Austin, TX 78759 877-545-9251 OUR LOCATIONS JANUARY 2020


TEXAS Austin Downtown Office: 1601 Rio Grande St. Suite 345 Austin, TX 78701 Arlington Office: 3901 Arlington Highlands Blvd. Suite 200 Arlington, TX 76018 Carrollton Office: 2340 E. Trinity Mills Suite 300 Carrollton, TX 75006 Corpus Christi Office: 3205 Rodd Field Rd. Corpus Christi, TX 78414 Dallas Office: 3131 McKinney Ave. Suite 600 Dallas, TX 75204 El Paso Office: 2300 George Dieter Drive El Paso, TX 79936 Fort Worth Office: 201 Main Street Suite 600 Fort Worth, TX 76102 Houston Office: 1700 Post Oak Boulevard, 2 BLVD. Place Suite 600 Houston, TX 77056 Midland Office: 6 Desta Drive Suite 4600 Midland, TX 79705 Plano Office: 6860 North Dallas Pkwy. Suite 200 Plano, TX 75024 Round Rock Office: 1000 Heritage Center Circle Round Rock, TX 78664 San Antonio Office: 18756 Stone Oak Parkway Suite 200 San Antonio, TX 78258

Temple Office: 319 South First Temple, TX 76504 Waco Office: 7215 Bosque Blvd. Suite 107 Waco, TX 76710 COLORADO Aurora Office: 3190 S. VaughnWay Suite 550 Aurora, CO 80014 Boulder Office: 1434 Spruce Street Suite 100 Boulder, CO 80302

Do you have trouble sticking to the New Year’s resolutions that you set out for yourself every year? If so, you’re not alone. Half of all resolutions are abandoned before the first month of the year is up. With such a dismal success rate, is it even worth it to make resolutions? Absolutely, so long as they’re SMART. Originally coined in an article in the journal Management Review, “SMART” goal setting was originally intended for successful goal setting in business management — but it can work for your resolutions, too. The letters in SMART stand for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound — all characteristics of successful resolutions. Here’s how you can apply those characteristics to your goals. SPECIFIC One reason many resolutions fail is because they’re too vague. “I want to work out more,” or “I want to read more books,” are good resolutions, but they lack the clarity that makes them actionable. Instead, make goals like “I’m going to work out three times a week,” or “I’m going to read for 10 minutes every night before bed.” The intent behind these goals is the same, but being specific makes them easier to achieve. MEASURABLE On your journey to achieve your goal, you should have a clear way to measure your progress. Nothing encourages further growth more than seeing the progress written down or recorded somewhere. Progress on weight loss and exercise goals is easy to measure, but it’s possible to track your progress on any other goal as well. For example, if you’re trying to cut back on smoking, you can keep track of how many days you go between cigarettes. Ideally, by recording that progress, you can see the number of days between cigarettes grow. SETTING SMART GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR

ACHIEVABLE While it’s okay to have big dreams, keeping them realistic is a big part of successfully achieving them. Trying to accomplish too much too fast only leads to discouragement, so making sure your goals are achievable is essential to your success. While losing 20 pounds in a month is unrealistic, you might be more successful at shedding one pound a week. The nice thing about keeping your goals achievable is if your goals become too easy to achieve, you can always set new, more challenging goals in the future. RELEVANT While asking “how?” when creating resolutions is important, it’s just as crucial to ask “why?” Why did you choose your resolutions? Are you making those resolutions for the right reasons? If your resolutions are based on what your friends are doing, on a spur of the moment feeling, or a sense of guilt or self-hate, you probably won’t follow through. When you create your resolutions, you should always start by asking yourself what changes would be good and healthy for you . TIME-BOUND A timeline is an important component of any successful resolution. Think of how long you want it to take you to reach your goal. Then, add smaller milestones to that timeline. These smaller wins will encourage you toward your overarching goal. Operating on a blank, endless timeline spells disaster for your resolutions, but if you know where you want to be in a month, six months, or a year, you can ensure your success. Having SMART goals takes some serious thought and a lot of planning, but if you’re serious about your New Year’s resolutions, and you want them to create lasting change in your lifestyle, it’s more than worth the effort.

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