Last year I made a list of things
that I resolved to do.
I’ll use that list again this year;
it’s still as good as new.
by Che Garman
A New Year’s resolution is supposed to be “a personal commitment to accomplish a defined goal within the coming year”. And for many of us, this is how New Year’s Resolutions start. We write them down. We may even look at them for a few days. But after a week or a month, the commitment to our resolutions (if it was even there in the first place) is usually forgotten. Old habits take over before new habits have had a chance to stick. Daily living gets in the way and the time we set aside for working on goals seems to disappear entirely.
Don’t get me wrong. Resolutions are a great idea. Bringing in the New Year with intentions of positive change and accomplishment is wonderful in concept. But simply writing out a list of resolutions is not going to make it happen. If we want to achieve our New Year’s Resolutions, we need to treat them with the respect that all good goals deserve. In fact, let’s forget the term “resolutions” completely, and call them One-Year Goals instead.
You have probably heard the term SMART goals. This is a simplified acronym for remembering the basic rules for the wording of goals:
- Time Bound
Here’s where to start! Beyond SMART: 17 Steps to Achieving Goals