Why resolutions aren’t the most important thing?
Resolutions can be intimidating. A solution is a firm decision not to do something to try and solve something in your life.
A goal, on the other hand, is more manageable and attainable. Instead of setting yourself a firm resolution, goals are milestones on a journey that you can take to improve your life.
Here are a few more reasons why resolutions aren’t as effective as goal-setting:
When it comes to setting goals, there are a few things that you should keep in mind to make the most out of your plans and improve the likelihood of you meeting your goals:
Be as specific as possible when planning your goals. Think of your end goal and then break it down into the manageable steps you need to take to achieve results. This helps you to stay on track and stay focused – you’ll also be far more likely to accomplish your goals this way.
Make your goals visible
Don’t just think of your goals in your head and leave it at that. You are more likely to stay motivated to hit your dreams when you can see them written down.
Whether you write your goals on a notes app on your phone or a sticky note on your desk, make sure they’re somewhere constantly visible, a daily reminder of what you want to achieve.
The more time you spend with your goals, the easier you’ll find it to make progress.
Turn your resolution into a goal
Anything too broad and unspecific is a resolution, not a goal. If you can only think of solutions, try to break them down into something more manageable.
For example, perhaps you resolve to write a book. Think about what goes into a book. How much research do you want to do into your topic? Have you thought about how many words a week/month you want to write, etc.?
Break down your resolutions into smaller milestones. You’ll feel much better when you have small steps to work towards that you can tick off along your journey, rather than just working towards the end destination.
You don’t need to put lots of pressure on yourself
You don’t need to feel like you need to set yourself many goals throughout the year. If you try to do too much, you’ll get overwhelmed and are more likely to fail.
Try to stick to three goals a year that you can seriously work towards. And, if you do fall behind on one of your goals, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just because you slip up one day doesn’t mean you should stop showing up for the next. Just pick yourself back up and try again tomorrow.