Forget the resolutions, achieve real goals
I’M NOT a fan of new year resolutions.
Call me a cynic if you like (though personally I think I’m more of a realist) but I look at them with a sceptical eye.
Because the truth of the matter is, I don’t recall anyone ever achieving a new year resolution. I’m not saying it hasn’t happened, mind you, I’m just saying the odds don’t seem to be in anyone’s favour. But I think I know why. New year resolutions seem uniformly vague.
“I want to lose weight” or “I want to save money” sound like good things (of course they are), but without a clear goal and plan to achieve it, you may as well say “I want to grow wings”.
If you’re a new year resolution enthusiast, let me encourage you in this.
Rather than saying “I want to lose weight”, say “I’d like to lose 3kg in the next four months”.
Set a clear (and realistic) goal, and a clear (and realistic) plan to achieve it. Whether that’s setting up a schedule to go for a walk four times a week, or cutting down on certain foods, you need a plan.
Another tip – don’t just set year-long goals.
A year is a long time, it’s easy to lose track of what you want to achieve. So set smaller ones – ones for three or four months, or six. Break things up into manageable pieces and regularly review.
There’s lots I want to accomplish in life. Resolutions don’t get me there but goals and plans do.
Happy new year and good luck with your goals for 2019.