New Year’s Resolutions – UGH!
New Year’s Resolutions are all the rage. Lose weight. Eat healthier. Spend more time with family and friends. Cook more. Spend less.
Goals are great, but worthless unless there’s an understanding of their benefits and a personal commitment to achieving them.
Let's start with a quick look at the benefits of goal setting:
- Having goals means that you'll be the star in your own life. You get to direct events rather than have life's events direct you.
- A firm goal gives you a context to define and track your progress on the way to a desired outcome.
- Achieving a goal is a great reason to celebrate how far you've come.
- Carefully chosen, realistic goals can end the cycle of failure around hurried (and maybe a bit tipsy) New Year's resolutions.
- Achieving a goal, however small, will increase your confidence to go forward to even bigger things.
If you don't play your own game in life, with your own vision and your own goals, chances are you'll remain a cog in the wheel of someone else's life game and goals. Is that OK with you?
Why not just 'go with the flow' and work it out as you go?
While carefully planning the steps towards achieving your goal won't stop you from making mistakes and going up blind alleys, it sure helps. For example:
- By setting a time frame, identifying the resources you need, and considering what could go wrong, you'll find far fewer obstacles along the path towards success.
- Planning and putting into action the steps towards the goal can be an exciting, revealing, challenging, and rewarding personal journey to a new, more powerful you.
Here are 5 prompts to get you thinking about your goals:
- What are the top 3 things you want to achieve in your career/business in 2021?
- What would make you proud of yourself in this coming year?
- List 3 challenges you anticipate in the year ahead: what do you expect to be hard/difficult?
- What do you want or need to learn in the year ahead for your career/business?
- Where will you stretch and grow yourself personally this year?
Goals are there to be embraced and enjoyed rather than avoided. And they can be fun – if you approach it in the right way.
So, if you've experienced a reluctance around setting and planning goals, I hope this gives you some ideas to contribute to both your 2021 and future success!
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