Monday, January 3, 2011

Resolutions and Goals

It’s the new year and with the new year all kinds of “resolutions” are made. There is SO MUCH you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. But you know that, if your past is any indication, many of those things will fall by the wayside by the end of January or, if you persist, by the first of March. And you feel defeated.

The problem usually is that we make plans too big and too nebulous. We aren’t realistic nor are we specific. National Public Radio interviewed people yesterday about their financial resolutions. One girl said, “To save more. I don’t have to spend everything.” Another said he wanted to “get a job that pays better.”  The girl won’t reach her goal – guaranteed – because she didn’t say how much she wants to save nor what things she will resist spending on. The fellow won’t either. HOW MUCH more does he want? Without being specific in our goals and resolutions we haven’t a chance of succeeding and thus feeling good about our accomplishments.

Think about HOW MUCH weight you want to lose or how much money you want to save and how you will accomplish these in manageable steps. When you are realistic and think through the “how,” you have a 1000% better chance of getting where you want to go.

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