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Well were we are again, Folks – The Start of a New Year

Well here we are again, folks – the start of a new year. The time when we’re usually bursting with motivation and promises to not repeat the mistakes of the past. I know I have learned a lot in the last 12 months about myself and I have spent some time thinking about what my priorities will be for this year. I have come up with some more generic but useful goals, they are to use my time more wisely, slow down and focus more, and remembering to always be more resourceful.

I personally do not make resolutions, as I believe them to be normal goals and if you can believe you can do something during the year, do it there and then, why wait until the New Year. Nevertheless, I do understand why people uphold the traditions of New Year’s resolutions.

It has become popular for people to make fun of New Year’s resolutions in an almost gleeful way.
So yes, we want to change, but don’t know HOW to do it. So we do what’s easy, and do what the media tells us to do: Make a New Year’s resolution!

Therefore, I thought, for today’s blog; let’s help everyone create one goal for the new year, which will not fail. Here is why New Year’s resolutions fail:

· They’re unspecific. We say “I want to get healthy this year” but when faced with the birthday parties in March, the overtime in June, and the family vacation in August, that goal falls by the wayside.

· They’re unrealistic. “I want to go the gym 5x/week.” Really? You averaged twice a month last year. Setting unrealistic, highly aspirational goals is a quick way to guilt and failure.

· They’re based on willpower, not systems. We say, “I want to walk more” instead of parking our car 10 minutes away. We say, “I want to stop messing around and go to sleep earlier” instead of testing different ways of falling asleep (like leaving our laptop in the other room, unplugging our TV, or not using the phone whilst in bed, etc).

Hey, it’s a test, which is what goals are all about, but here’s the most haunting part of all…. Failing at our resolutions has implications… we start to distrust ourselves. If you’ve set the same resolutions for 5 years, and you never follow through, what makes you think you’ll be different this year?
And yet every year, we set yet another one (because that’s all we know), saying things like, “Ok, this year I’m going to buckle down” and “I’m gonna get serious about ____ this time,” but as we say it, in the back of our heads we KNOW we’re not actually going to do it.

Having goals are great, especially if you want to keep yourself in line. Therefore, to keep to goals and resolutions for the New Year, you and I need to have a plan and a system, which may consist of setting goals in form of a SMART target, which will help to make your goals more reachable and realistic.

So, make sure you take some time to get your priorities in order? I’d love to hear how you’re starting 2016 with a bang!!

Happy New Year! Here is to all your successes!

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