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Why Resolutions Do Not Work

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As we pass the beginning of another new year it is time again to reflect on the past year and make the necessary changes to make the coming year even better.

 

Do you fall into the trap of setting another New Years Resolution and then at the end of the year you realize you made no progress. The fact is, they do not work. We all know that resolutions do not work. New year, new resolutions, and soon enough those resolutions will be a forgotten memory.

 

How many resolutions have you made in your life? How many of them actually happen? Don’t get me wrong, sometimes they do work. Most of the time, though, for the large majority of people, they never work and don’t happen. And they never will.

 

Making a resolution is a lot like making a wish that something will be different. We can wish for a change all we want but if we don’t put in the effort required we can never expect to see much change actually take place. If we do not take the time to chart our course, and take action, we will never get to our destination. Most likely we will end up lost, which is why most resolutions end of lost amongst the many competing thoughts we have on a regular basis.

 

It’s not there there is anything wrong with making resolutions, it’s that the components needed as a transformational tool are missing. Do yourself a favor, turn those resolutions into goals. If they are really that important to you then you know that the best thing to do is to make them serious goals. Turn them into reality.

 

If you turn your resolutions into goals by placing them within the context of the S.M.A.R.T. framework – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely – this will help build the momentum you need to see your goals turn into reality. You may know this already but a good reminder always helps.

 

How specific are your goals? Is your goal simply to ‘lose weight’ or ‘make more money’ this year? Without having an actual number the idea lacks transformational power. It is the difference between commiting to losing weight and setting a goal to lose 50 lbs. When you have a specific destination it is easier to work backwards and figure out the daily steps necessary to move you closer to your destination.

 

Are your goals measurable? Measure your weight lost, increase in cash flow, amount of times you perform a specific action, whatever it is. Maybe your goal is to improve your relationships this year, what activities can you do that will directly improve those relationships?

 

Can you attain your goal? What methods and tactics can you execute to reach your goal? Does your goal help you stretch out of your comfort zone? Is it at, or below, your level of standard performance? Be careful of setting goals too low or too high. Focus on taking the necessary intermediary steps. If you want to improve your income, don’t set a goal to become a millionaire in one year. Though it can, and has happened, the point is to see consistent growth over time not set goals so high that you become discouraged if you do not make it. Have huge goals and huge dreams but back them up with smaller goals, and steps, that will push you in the right direction over time.

 

Are your goals relevant? Is it worth the time and effort to reach your goals? Do they matter? If you reach your goal, what then? Will reaching your goal have an impact on your life or the lives of others? You can set a goal to make one thousand sandwiches but that will not really matter that much. But if your goal is to provide food for homeless people then making one thousand sandwiches actually has relevance. Give your goals the proper context and relevance.

 

What is your time frame for achieving your goals? When do you want to be at your target weight? When do you want to see an increase in your income? When would you like to see your relationships improve? How long until you have your product finished and ready to ship? Set a specific time frame. Also (going back to measurement), set daily, weekly, and monthly, time frames by which to measure ongoing progress.

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Don’t fall into the trap of setting another New Year’s resolution only to forget it a couple months into the year just to set another one next year. Turn them into goals and make the changes necessary to see them realized.

 

Good luck on reaching your goals! Feel free to leave a comment below to let us know what you think. Now go get to work…

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