Set Goals not Resolutions


How many New Years Resolutions have you made but never completed? Personally, I've done that too many times to count. Here is why you should set goals and not resolutions and tips to help you achieve those goals.

The downside of Resolutions

The downside of Resolutions is that we forget about them. The drive or push that we had at the beginning of the year when we set them, fizzle out within 2 or 3 months. Once we've forgotten about them we move on to something else. Or we set out to complete them but tell ourselves it's too challenging.

Think about what would happen to our resolutions of losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more or whatever your resolution is if we set goals to achieve these instead.

5 tips for achieving your goals

Goals should be S.M.A.R.T. S.M.A.R.T goals are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-based. When you define your goal, the greater the chance of completing it. We all know the saying "A goal without a plan is just a wish". Let's say you set a goal to save money. This goal alone doesn't meet the S.M.A.R.T requirements. But if you said, starting today I'm going to save $20 every 2 week pay period for 11 months to fund a trip in December. By December 1 if I have $440 I would have achieved my goal. This is specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-based.

How many New Years Resolutions have you made but never completed? Personally, I've done that too many times to count. Here is why you should set goals and not resolutions and tips to help you achieve those goals.

The downside of Resolutions

The downside of Resolutions is that we forget about them. The drive or push that we had at the beginning of the year when we set them, fizzle out within 2 or 3 months. Once we've forgotten about them we move on to something else. Or we set out to complete them but tell ourselves it's too challenging.

Think about what would happen to our resolutions of losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more or whatever your resolution is if we set goals to achieve these instead.

5 tips for achieving your goals

Your goal must be something you desire or believe. Ask yourself why do you want to accomplish this? Your goals should push you and be achievable.

Be accountable. Share your goal with someone. Having someone who knows what you're working toward will help to keep you accountable and push you to achieve your goal.

Believe in yourself. Self-doubt is the biggest killer of goals and dreams. We hold ourselves back from so much. We tell ourselves we don't deserve something, we're not good enough, bad things always happen to us whatever we can to discourage ourselves. We've got to get out of our own way. If you follow me on social media you see me using that hashtag a lot. Speak life into yourself. I'm big on affirmations. At my business' convention this past summer Eric Thomas spoke and he gave us the greatest words ever "I Can, I Will, I Must".

Don't set 5 or 7 goals at once. Quality over quantity. Create a running list of things you would like to achieve and pick 2 or 3 of those to get you started.

It's time to live the life you imagined. Stop making Resolutions and start setting Goals.

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