The New Year is once again upon us and with it has come a slew of New Year’s Resolutions that are once again flooding the forefront of people’s minds. “This will be the year!”, they say. “The year I finally lose all the weight… make all that money… go on that vacation… quit working so many hours.”

The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that they are often sat upon revolving doors, making a brief appearance on January 1st only to disappear from site before showing themselves again at the beginning of the next New Year.

It does not have to be that way — this CAN be your year! This CAN be the year your life turns around. The key is not what you set out to do, but in the way you set out to do it.

The definition of ‘Resolution’ is “a resolve or determination.” That sounds pretty serious, doesn’t it? And I think it fits the bill. On January 1st I would say most people who set New Years resolutions truly are determined in their pursuit. So what goes wrong?

The definition of ‘Goal’ is “the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.”

I believe there are two key phrases here:  “toward which effort is directed” and “end”

A goal is something toward which effort is directed until it reaches its end, or in other words, its achievement.

There is nothing wrong with setting New Years resolutions, but if you want to see them through until their end I highly suggest turning them into goals. A goal is something that is specific and measurable, has a plan of action attached to it and has a deadline. By creating an action plan and having a “finish line” (deadline) you increase the probability of achieving whatever it is you set out to do immeasurably.

Yesterday was the day to set New Year’s Resolutions. Do you want to be successful? Then make today about turning those resolutions into goals, and the rest of the days throughout the year about taking actions toward achieving them!

Happy New Year!

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