Life Success

Set Goals Not Resolutions!

2019 is only a few weeks away and the tradition of making resolutions will begin. Don’t fall into the trap.

The problem with resolutions is that they fade, usually pretty fast. You know the – I’m going to lose weight results in a couple of weeks at the gym and then not much else. We’ve all done it.


Set goals instead.


Aristotle said:    “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”



Setting goals require a result, something you can achieve realistically. It’s specific, measured and targeted. And if you do it right it will include an actionable plan to get there.



Here are some easy steps to guide you to set goals and achieving them.


Focus on just a few

Instead of creating a list of 10 or more goals, choose 2 or 3 goals that are the most important to you and that you want to accomplish. Focus on those 2-3 goals only. By focusing on a smaller number, you will be more successful because you’re giving it your all and not letting yourself get distracted. And remember  goals require steps along the way to achieve. It could be a job you have always wanted, climbing a mountain or maybe buying a house.


Set a timeline.

Set specific markers that you need to meet in order to achieve the goal. What needs to happen before this goal is accomplished? Do you need additional continuing education? Do you need to find a higher salary to save for a house? Figure out what steps need to be met in order to accomplish your goal.


Write it all down.

This is a very important step. It is great to have an idea or a dream, but until you write it down it is less tangible. Once it is written down it tends to become more real and you are more adept to reach the small steps to get you to your big goal. Write down the steps, make commitments to help you along the way, sign up for classes or contact a realtor. Make those steps into actionable items.


Stick with it.

If you are training for a marathon, you don’t just run for a month and you’re ready. No, you train for months while you keep increasing your running time and stamina. You continue to work at it.  More often than not, people set a goal and begin with amazing strides but after time they lose momentum. The little steps and goals along the way are vital to keep you engaged.


Visualize it

There is research that says visualizing works that seeing the possibility can help you achieve it. Athletes use the technique of visualization and so can you. Take a few minutes every day seeing that goal accomplished. How does it feel? What changes because of your success? Having a picture on your phone to check can help keep the goal fresh for you.


Do something daily.

Do your best to try and do something that is aimed at your goal, and keep track. This is a daily reminder of your end game and it is also a tangible thing that you can touch daily to keep you on task and stop you from giving up.


Most importantly, don’t ever give up on yourself or your goals.  No matter how crazy or outrageous they may seem, you could very well be the person who changes the world!



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