• Ruby Stone

Goal Setting vs New Year Resolutions

As the year comes to and end, setting resolutions is a popular thing to do. Instead of setting resolutions why not set goals instead. What's the difference? A resolution is "a firm decision to do or not to do something." where a goal is defined as "the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.". I know when I am told "not" to do something it is all I can fixate on.

Here are some quick tips for setting goals for the year.

  1. Write your goals down on paper, and app like Trello or notes on your phone. Whatever works best for you. Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews, at the Dominican University in California, led a study on goal-setting with nearly 270 participants and you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.

  2. Set some bigger yearly goals. When wording the goals, it is important to set them in present tense, positive and measurable. For examples take "I will loose weight" and rewrite it to "I am 15 pounds lighter"

  3. Set some bigger yearly goals. When wording the goals, it is important to set them in present tense, positive and measurable. For examples take "I will loose weight" and rewrite it to "I am 15 pounds lighter"

  4. Then take the yearly goals and break them down quarterly, then monthly and weekly.

  5. Add regular habits into your weekly goals that you want to achieve. Make them attainable and increase as you have success. If your goal is to get in better shape, maybe start with: "I easily work out 3x a week" then increase it as time goes on.

  6. You can create goals for work, life, family, travel, whatever makes you happy.

  7. Find and accountability partner to share your goals with then go quick check-ins weekly to see if you are staying on track.

  8. Don't be afraid to change the goals as the year goes on. Sometimes priorities need to shift.

  9. Look at your goals regularly to keep yourself on track.


Wishing you a great brighter new year.

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