Set Goals… Not New Year Resolutions
By Demethius Jackson - Obsessed With Progress So you've navigated the traditional holiday madness and you're now staring down the end of another year. If you're like me, you've already spent a considerable amount of time thinking about the previous 12 months and how they were spent. Perhaps this was your best year ever, or perhaps not. How do you even gauge such a thing? You began 2013 bright-eyed and hopeful with a full list of New Year Resolutions. This year you were going to loose weight, exercise more, drink less, and save money. You had every intention of doing so, but just like previous years, life got in the way. "I'm too busy right now. I'll start going to the gym next week...even though it's already February." Month after month, you lost motivation and your new year resolutions were pushed aside. No worries though, you'll get it right next year. A new year means a new start, right? Right??? The year may have changed but some habits may have not. Unless you've made considerable strides in the personal growth department, you'll most likely remain in your comfort zone and repeat the same behavior as before. But for the sake of progress, you have to break the cycle, my friend. And the first thing you're going to do is forget about making another damn new year resolution! Yes, sometimes they can be successful, yet for the vast majority, it seems resolutions are created almost with the expectation of being broken. So why even start this upcoming year with something that is already negatively perceived? Just like your other unwanted gifts this season, lets exchange that resolution for something more practical, like a goal. What's the difference between a resolution and a goal? Aren't they the same? Not quite... Have you ever heard the saying, "A goal without a plan is a wish?" To me, a resolution is just a wish - a promise you make to yourself, nothing concrete, just a desire to change. But a goal... That's serious business. A goal is something solid and tangible. It requires a plan. Goals can be created anywhere, any place, any time of year. Some companies even require employees to set goals, and base performance bonuses on whether those goals were accomplished. Goal setting is ingrained within our society and is heavily emphasized. Because of this, you're more likely to accomplish a goal than some crap resolution. So why not give it a try this upcoming year? Set aside some time, perhaps in the shower or while on the toilet, and think about what you want to accomplish in the next 365 days. Set a few goals for yourself - easy ones that you know you can accomplish. And then set a couple more that are a little bit harder to reach. Write these New Year Goals down and smile with confidence as each month you check them off your list. With such new confidence, your life will change. You'll feel like a winner, and never again will you EVER make another bogus new year resolution.