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Set Goals Not Resolutions

Goals versus resolutions.


We are a few days into a new year and a new decade. The tradition of making resolutions is upon us. You might have already started or even finished your list.  Do not fall into the resolutions trap. Why? The problem with resolutions is that they fade, usually pretty fast. ‘I’m going to lose weight’ is a popular resolution. But the results can be a couple of weeks at the gym and then nothing. Want a better way?


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.



Try these easy goal setting steps:

Less is better – Focus on just a few goals

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. Focusing on a smaller number makes you more successful.  This keeps you focused and less distracted. And remember  goals require steps along the way to achieve. It could be a job you have always wanted, climbing a mountain or 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 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.



Don’t give up.

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.



Research has shown visualization can be a powerful mind exercise. Olympic athletes have been using the technique of visualization for many years and so can you. Take a few minutes every day seeing your goal accomplished. Create a mental picture as if it was occurring right then. How does it feel? What changes because of your success? The strength of the mind-body connection can be vital to achieving your goals.


Action is required.

On a daily basis, do your best to 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 the person who changes the world!



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