New Year Resolutions VS New Year Goals, Who's The Clear Winner Here?
As we welcome in the new year, many of us take the time to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. This often includes making a list of new year resolutions - things we want to change or improve upon in the coming year. But while resolutions can be well-intentioned, they often fall by the wayside as the year goes on. So, what's the alternative? A better, stronger, more committed approach-New Year goals.
Goals are different from resolutions in that they are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (also known as SMART goals). This means that they are clearly defined and have a clear plan of action to achieve them. In contrast, resolutions are often vague and lack a clear action plan.
So, why are new year goals more effective than new year resolutions? For one, they provide more motivation and accountability. When you have a specific goal in mind, you are more likely to stay motivated and on track to achieve it. Additionally, setting a deadline for yourself helps to create a sense of urgency, ensuring that you don't put off working towards your goal.
But how do you go about setting and achieving your New Year goals?
Follow these actionable steps to get started:
Reflect on the past year. Take some time to think about what went well and what didn't in the past year. Consider what you learned and how you can apply those lessons to the coming year. Ask yourself why you were successful at achieving certain goals and not others. What was different in each situation? What was common? It's important to understand the patterns that appear in your answers. Patterns bring us great insights.
Create a vision of what you want 2023 to look like, feel like and be like. Are their benchmarks you can lean on to create that vision? Is there someone in your life that you admire? Do you wish you had more of their traits within you? Are their habits that define these traits that you could include in your 2023 goals? Creating a vision is establishing an emotional connection with the future you. A vision provides excitement, passion and drive. It's the fuel that will propel you forward when you face certain days that you don't feel like you're moving forward or making a difference. A vision is the catalyst to the goal. View it like this, a vision is the fuel and the goals are the vehicle that fuel goes into.
Set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals. Use the SMART goal framework to ensure that your goals are clearly defined and have a plan of action. If you don't use the SMART goal framework, your goals won't be defined and as clear as they could be and believe me, clarity is the #1 reason anyone achieves anything. The clearer you can see the end goal or result, the easier it is to get there.
Make a plan. Once you have your goals in place, it's time to create a plan to achieve them. Break your goals down into smaller, more manageable tasks and assign deadlines to each one. Now, I would suggest that you use the "Circle of Life" exercise for this planning. In order to have a balanced life, you must make an effort to take action steps in each area of your life. If you place to much emphasis on one area, you may end up sacrificing something that meant a lot to you. At the end of every year, I do the "Wheel of Life" exercise to see where I ended up in my focus and where I need to bring more balance. It's a very quick visual cue of what grabbed your attention in the year you are closing and what needs your attention in the new year that is about to begin.
Get accountability. Share your goals with a friend, family member, or accountability partner to help keep you on track. Alternatively, consider hiring a coach or mentor to help you stay motivated and achieve your goals.
Celebrate your wins. Don't forget to celebrate your progress and accomplishments along the way! This will help to keep you motivated and on track to achieving your ultimate goal. We are often so quick to realize all the things we didn't accomplish and we often miss all the things we did. We forget to really take a look at how far we've come and how much we accomplished within the past year. Take time to celebrate and embrace every single tiny win, they are the building blocks to your self-confidence and courage.
Here are some of the key benefits of setting New Year goals:
Increased motivation: When you have a specific goal in mind, you are more likely to stay motivated and on track to achieve it. The process of setting a goal and working towards it can be motivating in and of itself, as it gives you a sense of purpose and direction.
Improved time management skills: Setting goals and creating a plan of action helps you to prioritize your tasks and use your time more effectively. By breaking your goals down into smaller, more manageable tasks, you can focus on one thing at a time and make progress towards your ultimate goal.
Enhanced self-confidence: As you work towards your goals and achieve small victories along the way, your self-confidence will naturally increase. This can be especially helpful if you have set a goal that is outside of your comfort zone.
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In conclusion, New Year goals are a powerful tool for achieving success in the coming year. By setting specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals, you can ensure a more successful outcome for the year to come and make sure that you reach everything you want to..
So, as you start the new year, consider setting goals instead of resolutions. They provide more motivation, accountability, and a clear plan of action to help you achieve success in the coming year.
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