Friday, January 6, 2017

Why Bother? Resolutions vs. Goals

Ah… New Year’s. A time for resolutions.  New diet, workout more, get up earlier, get more sleep, stop smoking, be a better mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son. Go to church more. On and on we go. How many times have you set one and abandoned it after one or two months?

I say phooey.
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This is the first year I have not set one resolution, and you know what? I feel great.

It’s January 6th and I have not disappointed myself yet.

This is liberating.

It’s not that I don’t have goals. I have big goals for this year. Goals are different than resolutions. Increase client relations. Network more. Build clientele. Grow business. Expand services.

Also eat healthier.

So what’s the difference between a goal and a resolution? A resolution means that if I eat mac and cheese tonight I blew it. And then I’m off track, and then why bother? Because I already blew my resolution. A goal means if I eat healthy 5 ½ days a week, why can’t I eat some ridiculous mac and cheese? Why can’t I have a steak?  

I can, and I will. It’s all about balance.

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According to Forbes, only about 8% of people achieve their resolutions. Why is this?

Setting unrealistic resolutions is the number one cause of failure, which leads one to feel badly about themselves. Why do we do this year after year?

A goal is different. Losing 10 pounds over six months is different than a resolution of abandoning donuts and cookies and hitting the gym everyday before work.

A goal is eating healthy, but also enjoying indulgences once in awhile.

A goal is looking at the finish line as in the future, not for today.

  • Have an accountability buddy. If you plan on a Tuesday and Thursday gym date with your buddy after work you are far likelier to show up.
  • Want to write that book? Have a friend who will check in on you and see if you reached your weekly goal of pages written.
  • Make a plan. Want to move to a new state?  Just saying it won’t get you there. Get a journal and map out the road to your success.
  • Want to launch that business you’ve been dreaming about? You need a roadmap. 
You get the idea.

New Year’s Day does not have to be the day to launch a new change. Any day can be the day to make small steps towards achieving your goal.

Are you thinking of an artistic endeavor? A business growth? The launch of a new product?

We can help you map out a path of success that will get you there.

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Here’s to achieving your goals in 2017!