Choose goals over resolutions

It’s starting to get to the time of year where people start reflecting on everything they’ve done this year and set goals for next year. I have even seen a few people on social media already starting their New Year’s resolutions.

I want to state that it is good to have a goal for you to reach. It’s important to keep what you want to achieve in mind. But the bad news is only 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolution. That really is not a lot of people.

I want to offer you an alternative to a New Year’s resolution. It does have the same purpose, but it is a more practical way to achieve your goal. It may take a little bit more effort, but it will be worth it.

If you want to achieve your goal, you will have to actually try. Your goals will not happen on their own. First you should sit down and write achievable goals. Maybe it’s to learn a new instrument, go to the gym more, or read more. It can also be as simple as trying to drink less energy drinks. Next pick which goal you actually would do and look forward to accomplishing. 

Building a good foundation to grow this new hobby on must have some drive and passion behind it. So, find something that excites you!

Next, take time to set up 6-10 weeks of goals. Break down this overarching goal to be able to reach it. If you want to go to the gym more, start with week one and maybe set the goal to go a few times, for an hour every time. With every week that goes on, you will build up to getting your goal.

I know this sounds easy and totally doable, but you must be willing to put in the man hours to make it work. No one is going to achieve your goals for you. With this system you are giving yourself the ability to celebrate weekly, instead of just waiting for the end result that may take longer than expected.

 If you feel like you might need some encouragement, maybe find a friend that has the same goal as you and work on it together. Or, if no one has the same goal, find some friends to give your encouragement. 

Finding a good support system will help immensely!

Do not be the 92 percent of people who don’t achieve their goal. Remind yourself why you want to achieve your goal. Have faith in yourself even when it gets tough. 

Make sure you are working on your weekly goals! Good luck with all of your New Year resolutions!

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