This is the time of year where people are making resolutions and it’s almost too easy to do.  Some times people make resolutions just because they think they should make them, not because it’s something that they really take the time to think about or something that they really want to do.  Then they’re left to wonder why they don’t make good on their resolutions.

The key to making good on your New Year’s resolutions is to turn them into values-based goals.  If you take the time to think about what’s important to you-the things that you value most and make your goals inside of those things, you are more likely to accomplish them.  Even statistics have shown us that this is so.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t create resolutions.  What I’m saying is that if you want to see anything that you resolve to do come to fruition, then morph your resolutions into goals.  Doing so gives them the muscle and longevity that they need to survive long enough for you to carry them out.  Once you’ve morphed them into goals, it means that you’ve made them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound).  It also means that behind that you create a plan, or road map if you will to get you from Point A to Point B and pull accountability, motivation and discipline into the mix.  As we close out this year and make way for the next, I encourage you to take the time to think about what you want to resolve to do and think about your values then turn your resolutions into goals and make your plans to carry them out. Of course, it’s easier said than done, especially when you get to the point of creating your map, but the process and the time that you would invest are well worth it.

 

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