April 29, 2008

Why New Year's resolutions don't work...but goals do

I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions but I absolutely DO believe in goal-setting.

So what's the difference, and why is one better than the other?

New Year's Resolutions are usually broken within the first two weeks of January and at the very latest by the end of January in 90% of cases.

Why do you think all the gyms are chock-a-block at the beginning of the year? Everybody's said they want to lose weight and get in shape this year.

People decide on spur-of-the-moment New Year's Resolutions and expect to be able to make major life and behavioural changes for the entire year. It's just not logical. Enthusiasm will keep you keen for a couple of weeks but then what?!

Book 30 minutes in your diaries (so you can think clearly) THIS week and write down some goals. Download your 2008 goals form here.

Remember goals are just those things you want to get done. Don't get scared off by the word "goals".

1. Make them very specific
Instead of saying, "I want more clients" or "I need to get fit", say "I want 10 more clients by 31 December 2008" and "I want a fitness rating of good on the Body IQ rating system by 30 June 2008".

2. Have an action plan
When you set goals, it's very important to have a flexible action plan.


So that you know how you're going to get from where you are to where you want to be. And so that you can adjust it according to life. Rather say that you'll blog 4 posts a week because that means you can post them all on one day if the rest of your week is busy. That's easier than saying you must blog every day. See?

3. Review regularly
I suggest glancing at your goals daily but reviewing them on a weekly basis so that you can make appropriate adjustments. A real easy way to do this is to stick the page up in your wardrobe or above your desk.

4. Focus on one MAJOR goal at a time
This is so you don't dabble with a lot of little things.

If one of your major goals is to get your life and business organised, then just do maintenance in the other areas while you're working on that.

By maintenance, I mean letting the other areas of life tick along with your habits, but not really attempting life-changing things. Like if you have "get organised" and "increase your fitness", focus on getting organised while you carry on with your twice-a-week workouts. If you try to also work out for an hour a day, something's going to give and nothing will get done!

Are you up for the goals challenge?

Love and succes
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P.S. If you really want to achieve your goals this year, get my best-selling how to set and achieve your goals 37-page workbook with forms, templates, worksheets, everything! You will love it!


Alyssa said...

Ok Marcia,
Now I know why we hit it off so well. We think alike.... here's my blog post from JUST Yesterday... coincidence it is on GOALS!! http://lifefrommylaptop.com/2008/04/28/monday-motivation-4/

Alyssa said...

Oh by the way the link for the download is broken.