Did You Make Resolutions This Year, or Did You Set Goals?
Did you make resolutions this year, or did you set some goals? Most people don’t realize this, but there is a huge difference between a resolution and a goal.
A resolution involves changing yourself. And setting a goal involves taking steps toward something. When you try to make a resolution, it is usually based on some external or internal change that involves our will power. And when all we have to rely on is our will power, then we are being set up for failure. BUT, if we set some GOALS for ourselves, and break the goals down into the steps it takes to reach our ultimate outcome, we are setting ourselves up for success.
So for whatever you desire this year, make it a goal, not a resolution.
Let’s start from the end, and work backwards.
(1) What’s your goal?
(2) When would you like to reach it?
(3) This is the endpoint. Now, go back a month—what is a reasonable goal for the month before you want to reach your ultimate goal? What step is close to your desired end result, but not quite there yet?
(4) Go back another month, and do the same thing.
(5) Do this over and over until you reach today.
(6) Now look at the goal you set for each month. Break it down into weekly goals.
(7) Then plan your weekends or specific days or nights that you want to set aside to work toward your weekly goal. Get all of this into your calendar.
(8) Create a spreadsheet or document that you can post on your refrigerator, on your mirror, or in your car, or wherever you think it will help you be accountable to the goals you’ve set for yourself.
Now, if you’ve broken down your goal into do-able steps, then you should be able to reach your desired outcome. And I can’t wait to hear about what you’ve accomplished this year!!
BUT, don’t be surprised if life sends you a curve-ball.
And if it does, just CATCH That Ball and TWEAK Your Goal, because
YOU ARE WORTH IT!