Resolutions vs Goals: By Changing Your Semantics, You Will See Real Success
As we roll over into the New Year, the “Resolutions” start. You will hear friends say, “I’m going to go to the gym every day,” or “I’m going to lose weight,” and “I’m going to go on a diet.” While those are all admirable goals, truthfully, how many of us make resolutions that we have struggled to keep and we make the same ones every year, often disappointing ourselves over and over?
The answer to that question is MANY. How do we change that and make our visions successful?
Resolutions Vs Goals: What’s the Difference?
A resolution is merely an intention. A goal is a plan. Resolutions can be vague or too broad, but goals need to be specific. We all have good intentions, and setting them as goals and putting them into writing they become a plan. Studies have shown that written down plans/goals are more likely to become reality.
Make Realistic Goals
Setting unrealistic resolutions is a quick way to failure. Most people will throw in the towel once they are off course with their resolution. They think, “Well, I’ve already failed. I guess I will try again next year.” Setting realistic goals is the most effective way to achieve what you wish to achieve.
Changing our mindset about making resolutions is the first step. Rather than making a finite statement such as that resolution, of “I am going to go to the gym every day,” make an achievable goal for yourself, like: “I am going to get an hour of exercise this week.” You can break that hour up however you like, 20 minutes 3 days a week, 30 minutes 2 days a week, etc., and it does not have to be at a gym. It could be at home, or at the park, walking. Rather than forcing yourself to a strict diet; decide one thing about your diet you can change and make a goal of it like “I am going to drink eight glasses of water a day,” or “I am going to cut down on my sweets during the week.” These are realistic commitments to yourself.
Once You Achieve The Goal, Raise The Bar For Yourself
Once you successfully achieve that smaller goal, then raise the goal. Change the hour of exercise a week to two hours a week, up the water intake to 10 glasses a day. When you hit that goal, you will feel good about it and you will want to challenge yourself to do more, and you can increase your goal in realistic increments. You will see by making smaller changes, setting realistic goals places less pressure on yourself and allows you to succeed.
For instance, when it comes to you home, making a resolution to clean your entire house of clutter is a great idea in theory, but completing the entire house, is not something that will happen overnight. That is where goal setting comes in. Set your goal by making smaller goals which will lead to the overall larger goal, such as “I am going to organize one room a week,” (or month, depending on the size of the room, the time you must have to dedicate to it and the effort it requires.) Do not move on to the next room until you finish the first, as having multiple projects going at once can become overwhelming.
Success Feels Good!
By using this strategy of setting smaller goals and increasing them once you achieve them, you will find yourself feeling successful. That feeling is invaluable and it will inspire you to set more goals for yourself.
We Set Yearly Goals And Always Beat Them!
Goal setting is how my team and I at Nancy Kowalik Real Estate Group have become one of the TOP brokerages in South Jersey. Every year we set a goal to be better than the year before, and we have done that consistently by leaps and bounds. If your goal is to sell your home or buy a home, we will help you achieve that goal. And when you use us to achieve your goals, you will receive 5 Star Service, become our VIP Clients for Life and help us in giving back to the community through our “Go, Serve, Big!” philanthropy. Those are all things to make you feel good, and we enjoy every minute of it!
Happy New Year! Make every day, a great day.
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