Why Setting Goals Brings Results
Today is 11 January 2012. Many people resolved to improve an area of there life over the New Year's holiday. Here is a short list of common resolutions people make:
3. Get Organized
4. Lose Weight
5. Quit Smoking
6. Self Improvement
7. Spend More Time with Family
8. Volunteer for a Charity or Organization
All of these resolutions are great. My question is how are you doing on your resolutions? Millions of people make a resolution to lose weight each New Year's Day. Unfortunately by March, many of these resolutions never make any lasting impact on people. The diet industry knows this is human nature and that is why most diet plans fail. I have written other blog posts about how to permanently lose weight without dieting so ask me for those articles.
Now that I have suggested that resolutions are not very effective, may I suggest a different approach?
SET GOALS ! Goals require thought and most people will write down specific actions when setting goals similar to these statements:
I have a goal to complete my education by 2014. My action plan is to meet with an advisor from State University and map out a path to finish my degree.
I have a goal to exercise more. My action plan lists what days I will do a set of exercises. I will walk at least 30 minutes a day even if it means doing 3 ten minute walks sometime during the day.
I have a goal of reading more books to improve my reading skills and learn about disciplines that I am interested in. I will set aside a minimum of 30 minutes a night to read about Ancient History or Becoming a Better Artist or Making Better Music.
So you can see the difference right away between a resolution and a goal with an action plan because resolutions have no direction. Goals are concrete and can have timelines for when you want to achieve the end result. If you get off your schedule due to life events happening, which they will, you can easily get back on track.
So good luck achieving your goals! I really like reading about people that have come from humble beginnings and have gone on to make a lasting impact on society!
By the way, I have gone back to college and completed my degree, exercise on a daily basis, lost the weight, quit smoking and work on self improvement every day. Am I perfect? Far from it, however I am being refined like the Bible says the goldsmiths and silversmiths were when making metals.