Set Goals Not Resolutions

With the New Year fast approaching, for many it’s a time for reflection, myself included.

The problem with New Year’s ‘Resolutions’ is they are generally approached as a verbal announcement which is, in most cases, quickly forgotten or constructed thoughtlessly; not really something you want to achieve.

Goal setting on the other hand, while the start of the year is a great time to set some, is a continuation not just a yearly endeavour — or at least that’s how you should approach goal setting.

Here are some tips to help you set some goals:

Write them down!

Writing your goals down helps you to really think about what you are trying to achieve. Also, include why you want to achieve them — read this frequently to keep yourself focused and in perspective.

Write tasks

Each goal should have a list of tasks you need to do to achieve your goal; essentially, a set of steps to help you get from A to B. This gives you a list of action points to get you going.

Shhh! Keep it to yourself

A sad reality is people don’t want you to succeed, this means when you tell someone what you are trying to achieve, they will likely put doubt in your head — one way or another. Shout about what you’ve done once you’ve achieved it!

The only people you should share your goals with is other goal setters but even then, think twice, it’s easy for someone to ask a question or give an opinion, with good intentions, which could demotivate you as you hadn’t yet considered their perspective.


Things change, so will your goals. Don’t be worried about refining your goals or changing them completely, just keep in mind why you wanted to achieve your goal before you change it — you might just need refocusing.

So there you have it. Go forth and set some goals and have a great New Year!

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