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Making New Year’s Resolutions Work

We’re all aware that with the New Year arriving, there are going to be expectations placed upon us and most often they come in the form of traditional New Year’s Resolutions. The problem with these resolutions is that nearly 80% of them fail, and part of the reason that resolutions fail is the same reason that goals fail in general and that is lack of planning. Any time you set a large goal, if you don’t make a means of following through and an accurate way of measuring it then you won’t meet it.

Making Goals Measurable

There are a few really good ways to go about making goals measurable. My preferred method is to see what the goal requires and set markers along the way. Say I want to get back in shape, my first step is to define what that means to me. Being 6'3" and preferring to have more muscle than I currently have, I would set a goal of being 195 lbs. and being able to run three miles consecutively by the end of the year. That means that I have 12 months to put on 20 lbs. and add an extra two miles onto what I can run in that same timeframe.

Make Your Goals Personal

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in goal setting and planning is failure to make goals personal. I’ve made goals like “save $1,000” but I never give myself a reason why. Having a reason, a personal one, makes things more tangible. Take my fitness goal above, part of the reason that I love fitness goals is because I have always enjoyed the act of doing physical things, I generally work in professions or have hobbies that involve a physical aspect and being able to enjoy those more and longer is beneficial to me. I want to get back to my weightlifting shape because to me it’s an outward representation of me being at my best.

Happy New Year

I know that 2020 has been a drain for many of us. I hope that you go into 2021 looking to make it a year worth remembering, not because of what happened in the world but because of what you made happen in your own life. Set some goals, build yourself up and remember that it’s okay to fail and to fall short as long as you get back up and keep moving forward. I hope this year is one where you take honest steps toward living your life and enjoying it.

Writer and Life Coach working to better himself and help those around them reach their best.

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