New Year’s Resolutions Aren’t Goals

A resolution is an intention, not a plan. Many people at the start of the New Year jump into action – any type of action – without thinking or investing time to create a clear sustainable plan.

Many studies have been done on the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions and they were:

  1. Improve financial situation
  2. Lose weight
  3. Develop a healthy habit (eating, exercise)
  4. Change employment
  5. Develop a regular saving plan
  6. Break an unhealthy habit (smoking, alcohol, overeating)
  7. Spend more time with family and friends
  8. Other
  9. Get organised
  10. Develop a new skill or talent

This top 10 list doesn’t vary much each year. Why is that? It’s because we set the intention but we don’t plan to implement it.

What we need to stick to our new year’s resolutions is willpower. We need to give our New Year’s Resolution an action. For example, if you want to lose weight then the action may be walk 3 days a week. It is all about the small new habits we want to develop.

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Designing Your Morning Routine

13How do you wake up of a morning? Strange question, I know, but something you may want to think about is your morning routine.

Do you struggle to get out of bed unmotivated by the day ahead? Well perhaps this year, change the way you wake up. Try something different if it will serve you well.

When you first wake up, take a moment and stay in bed and be thankful. Be thankful for the wonderful night’s sleep, be thankful for the comfortable bed, and be thankful for the warm blankets. Just be thankful.

Then take a moment to say to yourself, “Today is going to be a wonderful day.” Smile and you are ready to rise – happy from the start.

I heard about one lady who, every day when she wakes, says to herself – “This is a day that has never been lived and a day that will never be lived again. It’s my day.”

Isn’t that a wonderful way to start the day?

Set Your Goals This New Year

A goal is a result that you plan to achieve within a specific time frame.

The Process:

  1. Decide on your goal
  2. Plan how you will achieve it
  3. Work hard to achieve your goal
  4. Monitor and evaluate if you are making progress

Areas to Set Goals include:

  • Financial
  • Health
  • Fitness
  • Career
  • Relationships – Significant other, Family, Friends
  • Contribution / Community
  • Time for You
  • Personal Development