I love this time of year! A new year always seems to bring a renewed sense of hope for the future and we find ourselves making plans for all the things we want to accomplish over the next twelve months both personally and professionally. For many, these plans come in the form of New Year’s Resolutions, but truth be told, even though almost half of us set new year’s resolutions, only 9% of us successfully keep and achieve our resolutions! So what’s up with that?
Well, in my opinion, the first mistake we make is in setting resolutions instead of goals. What’s the difference, you ask? While some might argue that there isn’t a difference, to me, the biggest difference between the two is the mindset and motivation behind the intention. New Year’s Resolutions seem like a popular bandwagon many of us hop on at the end of a year because our friends are doing it and we don’t want to be left out, but we haven’t really thought about WHY we want to do the thing or HOW we’re going to make it happen. On the other hand, setting goals feels very intentional and typically involves some prep work and soul searching to determine what we want to achieve, and developing a game plan for how we’re going to achieve it.
Resolutions and Goals are two things that sound very similar, but in reality, are extremely different. What camp have you traditionally fallen into?
No matter what you’ve done in the past, if this is the year you want to be intentional (that’s my word of the year, by the way!) about setting and achieving your goals, I’d like to share some information that will help you get started. One of the first things you’ll want to do before you set goals for the coming year is to take a look back at the past year and make note of what went right, what went wrong, and consider what you could have done differently to have changed the outcome. Taking this time to step back and evaluate can be a fantastic opportunity to help you set yourself up for success in the new year. Whether your goals are personal or business-related, the questions below will help you gather the information you need to set the right goals and develop a plan of action to crush them!
Here goes… As you think about the areas of your life or business that you want to set goals for, ask yourself the following questions:
As you consider your answers to these questions, please be honest with yourself about the challenges you faced in the past. You’ll find some valuable lessons in there that will help you create a better plan for the coming year. I know we’re not all big goal-setters here, but if there are things you want to accomplish this year, I encourage you to consider more than just the WHAT and WHY – do the work to figure out the HOW. It will be the difference maker!
I’d love to hear what you think about this topic and any other goal-setting tips you might like to share! Let me know in the comments below. 😊
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