Every year at the start of the new year, millions of people around the world set New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, most of the commitments are not met. This is hardly surprising, for most of these New Year goals are set in the spare of the moment. Many people choose the same resolutions each year. Failing to achieve it year after year. This year can be different. This year, choose not to set a resolution but to set a meaningful goal that can be integrated into your life.
What is the difference between resolutions and goals?
A resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something.
I’ve often looked at resolutions as a way to resolve something. Stop doing something in your life or change something in your life.
A goal is a target, something you want to achieve, which can be broken down into smaller steps. A goal is the object of a person’s ambition.
As both a resolution and a goal focus on achieving results, you can see how they are interlinked.
The 10 most common New Year resolutions.
Most people each year set common New Year resolutions like;
- Exercise more
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Save money
- Learn a new skill
- Read more
- See friends more often
- Quit smoking
- Quit biting nails
- Live a more fulfilling life
Thrown in the mix of New Year resolutions are goals like starting your own business, writing a book or starting a blog or podcast. As you can see, goals and resolutions are similar, yet the thought process is different. Setting meaningful long-term goals that help you and others is not a spur-of-the-moment thought.
Change your thoughts from resolutions to goals.
I’ve found it so much more positive to think of achieving something than stopping something. This is why I prefer to plan goals over set resolutions.Angie@lifestyleanytime
Why New Year resolutions don’t work.
New Year resolutions tend to lack clarity and are often things we feel we should do. Resolutions, like exercising more or losing weight, are healthy and yes, we should do them. However, what is the goal behind the resolution? This is what needs some thought.
How to set New Year goals.
Rather than set new year resolutions at the start of the year, set goals or dreams to aspire to and plan them out. Think about your ideal day, what would your ideal day look like? Ask yourself questions that guide you to think about your values and your goals.
Don’t Wait for the New Year.
Goals don’t need to start on a specific day or time. You don’t need to wait. When you have a goal you wish to achieve start by taking action towards it.
Set yourself up to succeed.
One of the best ways to set yourself up to succeed is to plan out your goal. Your New Year goal may be a current life goal you are working towards or a new goal you’d like to start. To set yourself up, prepare yourself by giving the goal some thought.
- Why do you want to achieve this goal?
- How would achieving this goal make you feel?
- Is it your goal or someone’s goal for you?
Note: The goal needs to be your personal goal for you to be motivated to achieve it.
Not everyone knows what goal to focus on. To help you become clear on your goals, spend time in thought, and write a list of everything you’d like to achieve, do, have and feel. If you know what you would like and need to keep yourself motivated, consider creating a vision board.
Write down your goal.
Write down your goal using the smart goal technique. A smart goal phrases the goal into a sentence that is measurable and timely. Smart goals are specific.
A New Year resolution is often written as ‘lose weight.’
A smart goal is ‘I will lose 10% of my body weight by April by eating healthy meals and walking 10,000 steps a day.
A New Year resolution. To learn a new skill.
A smart goal. I will learn to blog with the goal of becoming a full-time blogger within 5 years. I will share my journey as I learn to blog.
Break your goal down into smaller steps.
When you look at a goal it sometimes appears unachievable. However, as the saying goes ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.‘ Goals too are not achieved in a day. They need to be broken down and written up as a plan or map to guide you.
When it comes to creating the map, work in reverse with the big goal in mind.
If your goal was to run 5k’s but you haven’t run before then you’d start small.
Goal: Run 5k.
Preparation: Check that you have good running shoes and clothes for running. Understand it takes time to run 5k’.
Daily action: Day 1, map out 5k’s, day 2, walk for 10 minutes, walk, jog for 10 minutes, walk for 10 minutes. Each day, increase the ratio of walk runs. Don’t forget the two rest days.
It’s been a while since I ran 5k, and I’d love to run 5k again. The way I trained for 5k was to use the couch to 5k app. The C5k app breaks 5k down into a 9 week program.
Share your goal with family and friends.
I love to be accountable to myself. However, when I share my goal I become more accountable. It’s the way the mind works.
Share your goal as it helps with your commitment, and your family and friends will generally support and encourage you along the way. Even better, someone you know may have a similar goal, and you can become accountability buddies. Having someone to speak to or work alongside is really motivating. It keeps you both accountable.
Track for success.
It is great to track your progress in a journal or on a tracker. By tracking you can celebrate your wins or make adjustments along the way. Sometimes changes do take place. You may discover the goal you set was not a life goal meant for you. The goal might not align with your core values. Or you might find that something happens that slows down your progress or there is an obstacle to overcome. Tracking helps with pushing through the challenges and monitoring your wins and losses. A goal tracker helps you see how consistent you are as you aim to reach your goals.
When it comes to resolutions vs goals, it doesn’t matter how you define it. It is how meaningful it is to you that matters most and that it aligns with your personal values.