It is that time of year again…’resolution’ season. With each New Year, the world turns into a super-saturation of resolutions. Award-winning resolutions, such as weight loss, are well-intentioned, however, most resolutions tend to fall short of achievement. Statistics show that only 8 percent of people who make a New Year’s resolution actually keep it. With resolutions, we usually go in with an ‘all or nothing’ mentality. We also do not lay the foundation around preparing and planning how to sustain a resolution for the duration of an entire year.
Rather than following the ‘resolution’ mantra, set your own target on goals that are realistic and achievable. Instead of setting one overpowering resolution, set effective goals that are clear, simple and that you can work towards on a daily basis. Whether that goal be to start working out, run a 5k or marathon, build a six-pack, eliminate sugar from your diet, buy more organic and natural produce, pick up a new sport or hobby, start a new job or your own business, buy a home, or travel to a new destination on your bucket list or around the world, the list is endless for goals to set and achieve in the New Year.
Goals are comparable to endorphins in that they can trigger increased self-confidence and lead to feelings of happiness. Additionally, goals can be set by determining daily how your goals connect to your short-term goals (sprint focused), long-term goals (endurance, marathon focused), plans and dreams. To make your goals achievable, put your goals in writing; be specific with your goals; set goals that challenge you; set more than one goal, but not too many that it becomes overwhelming; plan your objectives daily, weekly, and monthly for each goal; and readjust your goals as needed.
When on a mission to set and evaluate goals, you cannot just talk the talk, but need to hold yourself accountable. Reflect on what you plan to accomplish from the day you set your goals and look forward to the next year. This will keep you motivated and increase your chances of success with a healthy mindset when looking at the present and toward the future rather than looking through the rear-view mirror at your past. Tony Robbins is quoted as saying, ‘There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, and desire a reality.’ We all have what we need within ourselves, so ready, set, and unleash your goals!