Every year it seems like we have a new New Year’s Resolution to set. But what about last year or the year before that.

Do you remember the resolution you set and did you follow through with it? Chances are you didn’t, but that may not be your fault.

For most people, including me, we go gung-ho for the first few weeks feeling on top of the world but that quickly fades only to be lost and forgotten forever.

A study by Statistic brain showed the following:

  • 45% of Americans usually make goals
  • 17% of Americans infrequently make goals
  • 38% of Americans never make goals

Now with that, they then found the following:

  • 75% of people made it through their first week 
  • 71% of people made it past two weeks
  • 64% of people made it past one month
  • 46% of people made it past six months

25% of people didn’t even make it through their first week of New Year’s Resolutions goals.

Check out some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions for 2018.

new years resolution

If you look at the resolutions in the image above, you can see they are pretty generic. Essentially we’re saying we are going to do better and suck less. Goals cannot be that generic if you want to actually succeed.

Now, there are a few different methodologies when it comes to setting goals. In this post, I will be teaching you how to set goals using one of the most popular strategies called SMART Goals.


SMART is an acronym to help you set and define your goals. Here is what each letter stands for as I see it. If you do a Google search, you will likely see a couple of variations.

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Actions
R – Relative
T – Timely


How specific are the resolutions set in the image above? They aren’t.

In this first part of SMART, you are going to set the very specific goal you would like to achieve. The more specific the better.

Here’s how you can switch those resolutions above to be specific goals.

Lose weightLose 10 pounds of fat
Get more exerciseExercise 3 times a week at a minimum 1 hour a day
Save more moneySave $25 a week
Focus on self-careBe in bed by 9 PM
Read moreRead 20 minutes before bed 5 nights a week
Make new friendsTalk to 3 new people every month
Learn a new skillTake 1 online course at Udemy a month
Get a new jobSubmit my resume to 3 jobs a week
Take up a new hobbyDo 3 things on pinterest a month

What is your specific goal?

Now those are some specific goals! Moving on to measurable.


You have your specific goal, how are you going to measure that goal? How do you know if you’re successful?

Without them being specific, this is almost impossible to do but the specific goals above make it incredibly easy to measure.

If you’re trying to lose 10 pounds of body fat, you can measure this on a scale. If you’re submitting your resume to 3 jobs a week, you can keep track of how many resumes you’ve submitted.

How will you measure your goal?


I change this acronym when I teach people how to set SMART goals. The standard acronym is attainable where you ask yourself, “Is this goal Attainable.” which is a valid question but doesn’t help you much.

I use Actions so you can write down what actions are you going to take to achieve your specific goal?

Your goal is wanting to lose 10 pounds. What actions are you going to take to lose 10 pounds? Try to think of at least 3 actions to take. I’ll help you if your goal is to lose weight.

  1. Workout 3 times a week at a minimum of 1 hour each.
  2. Cut bread out of my diet.
  3. Get an accountability buddy to help keep me on track.

What 3 actions will you take to achieve your goal?

Relative or Realistic

Relative comes down to your overall why. How is this goal relative to your why?

If it doesn’t correlate, then you won’t follow through with it. Does getting a new hobby align to your overall why?

On the flip side, I like to ensure the goal that is being set is realistic. If it’s not, you are setting yourself up for failure. Start small with your goals to get those easy, quick wins. Then increase the goal from there.

Is your goal realistic and is it relevant to your overall goal?


Is this goal going to last you the rest of your life? Likely not! Instead, set a time limit to when you will achieve this goal, even if it’s just little milestones until you reach your overall goal.

For example, lost 10 pounds in 2 months.

Read for 20 minutes 3 nights a week for the first month. Then read 20 minutes a night for 5 nights a row the second month.

What is the time limit you’re setting to achieve your specific goal?


That’s it! Now you know how to set SMART goals for your New Year’s Resolution. You have a one up on most other people.

Also, these SMART goals can be applied to goals outside of your New Year’s Resolutions.

Now Homework!

I know, I know. To keep you accountable, add your SMART Goal in the comments below.

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Justin Nealey has been working with WordPress for over 7 years now. He fell in love with the flexibility and opportunities that come with the application. He's stayed with WordPress because of the community behind it. He is active in his local WordPress Meetups and WordCamps across the United States. He's an up and coming speaker excited to share his perspectives and help others grow their side hustles and personal brands.


Jan Zac · December 27, 2018 at 12:42 am

Hello ,

I saw your tweets and thought I will check your website. Have to say it looks really nice!
I’m also interested in this topic + have recently started my journey as young entrepreneur.

I’m also looking for the ways on how to promote my website. I have tried AdSense and Facebok Ads, however it is getting very expensive. Was thinking about starting using analytics. Do you recommend it?
Can you recommend something what works best for you?

Would appreciate, if you can have a quick look at my website and give me an advice what I should improve: janzac(dot)com
(Recently I have added a new page about Rockwall Investments and the way how normal people can make money with this company.)

I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

Hope to hear from you soon.

Maybe I will add link to your website on my website and you will add link to my website on your website? It will improve SEO of our websites, right? What do you think?

Jan Zac

    Nealey · December 27, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Hey Jan! Thanks for stopping by. I checked out your website, it looks like we are using the same theme!

    Your website looks great. You have a clear call to action and it’s easy to read through. My only suggestion is instead of having a newsletter opt-in, switch it out with a lead generator. This can be a number of things but sometimes repurposing a blog post and changing it to a downloadable pdf is the easiest!

    In regards to promoting your site, the best way to do this is to continue to create valuable content that people want to read. You’ll start getting views on search engines, people will want to share, and then it becomes a snowball effect. Videos, podcasts, or blog posts are all great avenues but start with what you’re best at.

    I would only suggest ads that go to landing pages at first where you’re giving some type of value away for free. Then introduce them into your sales/email funnel where you deliver more value and then hit them with your big offer 3 or 4 emails deep. As Gary Vee puts it, jab jab right hook.

    Follow me on Instagram or Twitter – @JustinNealey. I’ll make sure to do the same!

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