Remember those resolutions from last year? Did you achieve any of them? You do realize that the answer “kinda” was last acceptable in kindergarten. Choose to change. Change sucks, I know. It’s difficult. It’s uncomfortable. It’s easier to not change. However, changing has its rewards. Without change, we’d still be wearing hoop skirt and using horse-drawn buggies. Capiche?
So let’s take a look at those New Year resolutions – are they resolutions or goals? Resolutions are statements. Goals are quantifiable objectives. For example:
- Resolution: I will lose weight.
- Goal: I will lose 10 lbs by April 1st by running 30 minutes a day and cutting out my daily peppermint mochachino.
- Resolution: I will get a handle on my finances.
- Goal: I will devise a budget by 15 January. I will pay $300 each month toward my credit card debt. I will not use my credit cards unless it is an emergency. I will suggest low-cost (under $10) or no-cost activities to do with my friends. I will only buy Christmas presents for my siblings’ children and my best friend with a limit of $250 total.
Do you see the difference? The goals include specific parameters and a deadline. Now you try – rework your resolutions into goals.