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New Year’s Resolution or New Year’s Goal

SHOULD I MAKE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

OR A NEW YEAR’S GOAL?

It’s that time of year again. So many people have them; so many people fail. I want all of you to succeed. Here a few tips and pointers for achieving your New Year’s resolutions.

Resolution: A firm decision to do or not to do something.

Goal: The result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.

The primary difference between a resolution and a goal is that a goal is directed and has a completion point. Once it is achieved it is finished. A resolution is a broader life modification.

  • In order for you to succeed in your resolutions you will need to set some goals.
  • Keep your goals short term and reasonable.
  • Write down your goals and resolutions and keep them in a place where you will see them often.
  • Create weekly exercise goals. Having a plan always helps you succeed. Open-ended strategies rarely succeed because you fail to execute them. For example, it is best to know when you will exercise each day instead of saying “I am going to exercise tomorrow”. If you plan on exercising tomorrow at 9 am, you are more likely to do it. For example, you should write down your intention to ride the stationary bike for 45 minutes on Monday and run/walk for 45 minutes on Tuesday.
  • Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t achieve your goals each week. Keep the bigger picture in mind and reset your goals if you find them impossible.
  • Share your goals with others and ask for support and encouragement when you need it. Putting your goals front and center makes you a little more likely to not give up when the going gets tough. It is much easier to fail when you fail alone but knowing that others are watching can increase your motivation to succeed.
  • Remember we all have the power to succeed. You know you can. Now go ahead and do it and don’t let anyone get in your way. If you hit obstacles, go around them and refocus on the end goal, and you will succeed in your resolutions.