S: SpecificAnd so as an exercise, we created SMART goals related to the holiday season, and I thought, "Why haven't I done this before?"
Here are a couple of examples I came up with:
Not-so-smart goal: I will make everyone happy
SMART goal: I will select and wrap gifts for the 8 members of my immediate family and ensure they arrive by Christmas day.
Not-so-smart goal: I won't get mad when Uncle Ernie talks about politics
SMART goal: I will develop, write down, and rehearse 5 strategies for responding in a healthy way when Uncle Ernie talks about politics at least 1 day before we have our family dinner gathering.
So, for what it's worth, I offer this exercise to you. How can you approach the holidays in a way that doesn't set yourself up for failure with unrealistic goals?