A New Year, A New Goal!

I’m sure if you’ve been on the web very much at all you’ve seen ads and blog posts about making a new year’s resolution. I want to challenge you to ignore all of them. The definition of resolution is “a firm decision to do or not do something.”

While your intentions may be good, a simple decision isn’t going to have the motivation behind it to keep you going. That’s why you probably fail like the other 95% of people who never accomplish their new year’s resolution year after year. If you really want to accomplish something, I encourage you to follow these simple steps to a successful new year.

Take your resolution and turn it into a goal. 

A goal is much more specific than a resolution because a resolution is a decision, which is all well and good, but a goal has a specific aim or desired result.

Want more reasons to make a goal instead of a resolution?

There are several reasons on why you should make a goal over a resolution. As I said above, a goal will give you a specific aim or desired result. I need more motivation than just a decision. I need results. Those results should be your goals.

  • If I say I’ve made a decision to lose weight, it’s very easy for me to simply lose a few pounds and say I was successful, but if I really want to be intentional and smart about my goal, I would say, “I am going to lose 15 pounds in 3 months.” That would be considered a “smart” goal, more about that in a minute.

You could also use your goals to create more goals throughout the year. If you’re successful in losing those 15 pounds in 3 months, you could then add a new goal on top of the one you achieved.

  • Goal: Lose 15 pounds in 3 months – SUCCESS!
  • Next Goal: Get fit! Walk 1 mile every day for the next month, Run 1 mile every day the month after next.

This type of goal setting keeps you going, and doesn’t just allow you to succeed once a year but multiple times throughout the year, creating a much better year!

Write your goal down.

As the saying goes: “A goal not written down is only a dream.” If you are intentional and really want to be successful, writing down your goal is the only way to go. In fact, research shows if you write your goals down, you are 42% MORE likely to succeed in achieving them!

Make your goals “SMART” or “HARD.”

I wrote about these types of goals once before in the post: When was the last time you challenged yourself?

Here is what I have in regards to these two types of goals. Use either one, but I highly encourage you to use one when you’re writing your goals down. These will definitely help you achieve your goals more than just making a resolution.

 

S.M.A.R.T.

  • Specific: Clearly define your target or end result. Avoid being vague and instead think about the who, what, where, when, why and how of your goal.
  • Measurable: Think about the numbers associated with your goal. How will you measure success?
  • Action-oriented: Develop a plan of action in order to achieve your goal. Make it as specific as possible.
  • Realistic: Make sure your goal is possible and reachable. You can always make additional goals once you’ve reached your initial result.
  • Time-bound: Set a deadline to motivate yourself towards change

 

H.A.R.D.

  • Heartfelt: Develop deep-seated and heartfelt attachments to your goals on levels that are intrinsic, personal and extrinsic. Use these connections to naturally increase the motivational power you put behind making your goals happen.
  • Animated: Create goals that are so vividly alive in your mind that to not reach them would leave you wanting. Use visualization and imagery techniques to sear your goal firmly into your brain including perspective, size, color, shape, distinct parts, setting, background, lighting, emotions and movement.
  • Required:Give procrastination (which kills far too many goals) the boot. Convince yourself and others of the absolute necessity of your goals and make the future payoffs of your goals appear far more satisfying than what you can get today. This will make your HARD Goals look a whole lot more attractive and amp up your urgency to get going on them right now.
  • Difficult: Construct goals that are optimally challenging to tap into your own personal sweet spot of difficulty. Access past experiences to use them to position you for extraordinary performance. Identify your goal setting comfort zone and push past it in order to attain the stellar results you want.

 

So now that you’re changing your resolutions to goals. I’d love to hear about them! Shoot me an email or write in the comments below and make this the year you succeed!

 

Thank you and God bless!

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