Why you shouldn’t make resolutions

Resolutions is a dirty word

Declare goals

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New Year’s resolutions are a hot topic this week. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m not a fan. There’s something very rigid about having a resolution. Resolutions also seem to be tied to specific dates, typically starting on Jan 1 and continuing for the entire calendar year. It’s either achieve or fail (now there’s a dirty word for ya). And if you “fall off the wagon” even just once, most people accept it as a failure.

I think it’s time to retire the word “resolution” and embrace a more flexible four-letter word: goal.

A goal is something you plan to work toward. It can be adjusted as you move towards it. Goals can be short or long term and can be set at any time. They can even have stages of accomplishment. Goals are more forgiving when you have a setback.

Successful goal-setting

Now that you’ve decided to make goals instead of resolutions, make sure you are making SMART goals. In case you aren’t familiar with this acronym, you want your goals to be:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

If you follow this system you are more likely to be successful in achieving your goals.

A final tip

You should also be sure to declare your goals. Write them down. Say them out loud. Let the world know. This helps you stay aware of your goals and accountable for them. You can start by posting one of your goals in the comment section below!

Comments

  1. Way to go Christina! You are on fire! great messge and cta! Motivated me to sign up. Now what to write about? MMM. Food for thougt while trying to enjoy a vacation!

    • Thanks, Lynn! I look forward to reading your posts soon. If you get stuck for ideas, let me know. When I was trying to think of a new topic, I had a few thoughts that were better suited to an organizer.

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