Wait – Is one or more of these your New Year’s Resolutions? Of course they are.
- Lose Weight (get a six pack?)
- Pay off Debts
- Save More Money
- Provide Better Income for Family
- Spend More Quality Time with Family
Year after year, most of us choose a version of them in some form or fashion. And only about 40 percent of us are still holding onto them in July, says John C. Norcross, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Scranton and author of the book Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions. But I’m not here to tell you that you’ll fail. Oh wait, I just did. Curiously, I’ve asked others what there resolutions are, and when they ask back, I firmly tell them,
“I don’t make any resolutions, I just do it.”
What does that even mean?! Well, I’ve set goals for this year and for the future. Like in any business, short term and long term SMART Goals are required to determine where you stand and measure its success. What’s the difference between a goal and a resolution? Sure, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something, “Save more money, yeah!” But a goal sets up an action plan from that idea, “I am depositing $500 to my savings account every paycheck.” Catch my drift?
Change your thought flow from grand ideas to positive affirmations. These little things add up to the behavioral changes needed to keep your so-called ‘resolutions’. Now it’s off to 2014, where only YOU can put the go in Goals.
My 5 goals for those pesky resolutions above:
- I don’t drink sodas if there is a healthier option.
- I don’t allow a credit card balance to carry over for more than a month.
- I deposit $500 to a savings account every paycheck.
- I will obtain a second source of income.
- I will see a family member in person every month of the year.
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