Resolutions NO, Goals YES
Dear reader, this is not another message about New Year’s resolutions. This is about you and what you want for your life in 2019. Resolutions are a fun wish list of changes for the new year. If you are serious about implementing change into your life, goals are the go to tool to make sure the items on your resolution list become a reality.
Each year, many people get excited about the opportunity to bring new life to their old routines. They seek out exercise trends, diets to lose weight and hot new activities to add to an already busy life. All of these areas are important to infuse change, yet the method to bring that change to fruition seems to fizzle out by Valentine’s Day.
Have you ever asked yourself why this happens? The excitement of resolutions fades and those enthusiastic wishes disappear until next year. What can you do to change resolutions into a reality? Take that resolution list, cross out the word ‘resolution’ and write “Goals 2019”. Think about realistic dates to assign to each goal and insert those dates next to each goal. Now you have a list that can become your reality. By assigning dates to accomplish each goal, you have made a promise to yourself that this list is serious and one that you want to complete. It no longer is a wish-list that appears year after year and fades into February. You have chosen to embark on your own change-journey and have broken away from the fad of resolutions.
My own personal journey involves a yearly calendar that I carry with me in my purse. In the front of the calendar, I list all the goals I want to accomplish over the course of the coming year. This list contains categories of areas that I have chosen to work on throughout the year. The categories I list are: personal, educational, financial, and spiritual. Within each of these categories, I create detailed statements with a date of completion.
An example from my financial category is: eliminate all credit card debt by June 30, 2019. This statement provides a defined goal and a promise to myself when the goal must be completed. I have used this method for the majority of my life. At the end of each year there is a sense of accomplishment as I review the list made 365 days ago and all checkmarks that represent completion. This year can be a year of real accomplishment for you, too. Resolutions, the myths can be realized goals. Take the plunge and dare to set goals. Call them resolutions if you must outwardly, but choose to experience them as goals toward a successfully completed year in your life.