For­get the res­o­lu­tions, achieve real goals

Chinchilla News - - NEWS OPINION - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­[email protected]­

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.

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