Set Goals in January, Not Resolutions
The definition of resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something. “My New Year’s Resolution is going great.”- said everyone ever…on January 2nd. However, by the third week of January, everyone seemingly forgets how dedicated they were earlier in the year. Every decision made had previously revolved around that initial resolution. It’s great to start strong, but what ever happened to finishing up that resolution? Despite Webster’s definition, resolutions just don’t seem to have that concrete sense about them. They are easily overlooked and forgotten by the first few weeks of a new year. To make a change, everyone has to take that first step, but they have to continue and make it a habit.
So how do we make changes without creating resolutions? The answer? SET GOALS and create road maps to get there. Give yourself a chance to be successful by taking the time to write down all that you hope to accomplish. Be specific about what you want to achieve. Set timelines and most importantly have an understanding of your motivation behind these goals. Tell people around you your goals and aspirations. Surround yourself with people that help you reach those goals and that help keep you accountable. Put these goals in a spot where you look at them every day and you are constantly reminded to keep focused.
I’ll leave you with this; “The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” I decided a goal was much more fitting for the accomplishments that I am setting out to achieve in 2016 and I hope that this understanding will help you achieve your goals as well.
Check out some of my favorite tools to help you set your goals for 2016.
1. Use this great Roles and Goals downloadable page to help decide the most important roles that you hold and what you want to accomplish within each of those roles in 2016. It’s a great place to start, to define what the most important aspects of your life are and what you find most important to improve upon in 2016.
2. Download this cute, but functional, S.M.A.R.T Goal Guide by the 3 am teacher! This is a useful tool that will break down your goals to make them more attainable. You will have a clear visual of the path to your goal.
3. Track your progress by using an app on your smartphone. I loved Raise the Bar! Apps are great for setting and tracking goals because they are readily accessible.
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