Turn Resolutions Into Goals

The New Year 2012 has begun and it’s a great time for positive change, optimism and encouragement.  I used to hear about the resolutions that everyone had written down for the New Year.  Recently I have noticed that it’s not something I hear other people talking about anymore.  Maybe with the new tools people have these days, it’s because everyone would rather Tweet, post on Facebook or blog about them (like I’m doing now). This year, I didn’t have too any resolutions.  I’ll explain why.

According to the US Government (wow, I didn’t realize the government did this too), the most common resolutions look like this:

  • Drink Less Alcohol
  • Eat Healthy Food
  • Get a Better Education
  • Get a Better Job
  • Get Fit
  • Lose Weight
  • Manage Debt
  • Manage Stress
  • Quit Smoking
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
  • Save Money
  • Take a Trip
  • Volunteer to Help Others

I have actually crossed a few of these off my resolutions list like these:

  • Quit Smoking
  • Quit drinking alcohol
  • Get fit
  • Manage Debt Better

I’ve got a few more to go…alright a LOT more to go.  I want to focus on a little known trick I did to do this.  It’s really not little known or even a secret.  It’s called turning resolutions into goals.

What is a resolution?  The way I’ve seen resolutions made in the past, it’s something you start saying after you’ve got a few drinks of champagne (enter your favorite alcoholic beverage here, if applicable) and you’re going along with the crowd.  This year’s going to be different!  “I’m going to finally quit smoking, drinking, beating the dog, beating the kids, whatever…”  Statistics show that by the 20th of January, it’s a wash.  Depending on whether your paying attention to, by January 20th somewhere between 80%-92% of resolutions are not followed through on until completion.  You still doing the same things you were doing before the New Year’s Eve party you can now barely remember.

This is my challenge to you.  Do something different this year.  Get serious about your resolutions.  Write them down.  Chart your progress. Make them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Tangible and achieve them!  Amaze your friends!  Here’s the real secret: commit to your resolutions and make them goals!

I do want to give you a warning, though…if you get really good at achieving your goals, you might have to get a new set of friends!

Happy New Year Everyone!

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