I recently read an article that said people who make New Year’s Resolutions are DOOMED for failure. When I first read the title, I thought…Really? Doomed? That sounds a little pessimistic…
But as I read on, I saw the percentages and the statistics; a staggering 78% FAIL to follow through with their resolutions.
Well, this year things are going to be different. I’m going to tell you why setting goals is WAY better than making resolutions. A New Year symbolizes a fresh start… a clean slate. So, right now COMMIT to set goals that will help you Live Your Best Life!
An example of a typical resolution is: “I want to lose weight.” OR, “I want to start exercising more”.
What do those statements really mean? You want to lose weight? How much weight? By when? What kind of exercises are you going to do?
Saying: “I want to exercise more, or lose weight” is like saying that you want to travel to a particular city, but you don’t have a map or a compass, and there are no road signs to guide you. Without those things, how long do you think it would take you to get to that particular city? I can’t imagine you would arrive anytime soon. BUT if you have GPS, or even an ole’ fashion road map, and there are road signs, suddenly you know which way to go.
Notice the difference between:
“I want to lose weight.”
“I will lose 5-7 pounds by February 14th, 2012.”
Do you see how the second statement is different?
Well, whether you see it or not, I’m going to tell you why the second sentence is a powerful way of setting yourself up for success.
- It is a clear and specific goal.
- It is an “I WILL” statement, which shows commitment.
- It is considered an “elastic” goal. If your goal would have been:“I will lose 7 pounds”, but you end up losing 5, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.
- Measurable. If you can measure it.You can manage it.
- It has a “by-when” date. Set yourself a deadline, it will help motivate you to take action RIGHT AWAY!
Now, is your goal realistic? It is important to set big, challenging goals. But have a look at your life. How much time can you commit to exercising? What is realistic for you with your current situation? Try not to overwhelm yourself with too much too soon :)
Once you have your goals, write them down on a piece of paper and put it where you can see it! Tell a friend! Think about it often!
Commit to your goals and know that it may not always be easy. But if you want it badly enough and are willing to work for it, you can achieve it.
Making SMALLER DAILY goals will help get you there!
Making everyday goals DOESN’T mean you have to work out everyday! Again, you need to be realistic. Maybe your goal for the day is to walk for 20 minutes, or to eat a salad for lunch, or to not drink pop for the day. PLAN not only what you want to do, but what you will do when obstacles or distractions arise.
Start thinking about where you want to go and what you want to create for yourself in 2012!
“Of all the sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these: it might have been”
–John Greenleaf Whittier
Stay tuned for more on Goal Setting and going after your dreams in 2012!