Don’t Make Resolutions. Set Goals.


    Last year at this time, I advised readers not to measure their current situation against the ideal (which can never be reached), but rather to "measure backwards" and be heartened and motivated by their progress since the last New Year.
     This year, I want to warn against the New Year’s resolution. Clearly, I do believe that it is very useful, at this time of year, to take stock of where you are, and to make plans for getting where you want to go. I just don’t think resolutions are the best way to accomplish that. I think goal-setting is.
    There is a pile of evidence to suggest that written goals are one of the most important building blocks to achievement of any kind.
    188666909001_bo2204203200_pilitbdp500arr_1Although I use goal-setting techniques extensively in my own life (every morning, in fact), I am not an expert in the field. I learned a lot of what I know from people like Tommy Newberry, Dan Sullivan, Brian Tracy, and Zig Ziglar (Are you a wandering generality, or a meaningful specific?).

  Here are the essentials of goal-setting (from Newberry). Highly effective goals are:
    • Written
    • Stated in the present tense
    • Stated positively
    • specific and measurable
    • Timebound
    • Reasonable and challenging
    • Thoroughly planned

    If you follow even half those steps, my guess is that you will have a much better result than if you simply "make a resolution." So, as a first step, I urge you to sit down now, at the beginning of a new year, and write down your goals. And don’t make them hum-drum like "Raise sales by 10 percent." Choose big goals — ones that will challenge and inspire you. How about, "double my revenue"? Now, that will set you on fire! Or, (fill in your personal dream). Want a book to get your motor running? Try Success Is Not An Accident, by Tommy Newberry. Or The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, et al.
    Happy New Year!

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