Now that you know the difference between goals and resolutions we can now move on with our challenge. You've learned that a resolution is an idea or promise for something you desire. Goals are the steps that help you make that resolution a reality. A resolution is ongoing, a goal has an endpoint. Combining resolutions with good goal setting can be the key to finding long-term success. Let's take a look at how this combination works.
Define Your Goals
First you need to clearly define the goals that support your resolution. It's okay for your main resolution to be a bit abstract. For example, you may go with the typical, "I want to be healthier." This is a vague statement and will likely result in failure. But now you can beat the trap of breaking your resolution by supporting it with defined goals! These could include the number of pounds you'd like to lose over the next six months, the types of changes you will make in your diet and the kinds of exercise you plan to include in your life, along with the number of times you'll work out each week.
These goals are clear and specific. You can measure them, and they have an end point. Just because they end doesn't mean they can't be reviewed or added to in the future.
Make a Plan
After you define your goals, it's time to decide how to achieve them. In future posts in this challenge, I'll talk about some hard-hitting strategies for making the most of your goal-setting. For now, just know that you'll need a plan if you want to keep your motivation as you strive to reach your goals. Your plan should involve pieces like how you will measure your success, at which points you will check your progress, who will you need for help to succeed in your quest and how will you know you’ve reached each goal.
Practical examples are weighing yourself and recording the numbers on a weekly basis, talking to your family about proposed menu changes for the home or writing regular workout times on your calendar.
Follow These Tips
There are some strategies that can help you as you begin the process of creating your resolutions. Be patient with yourself. Like I said before, reaching success doesn't happen overnight. Cut yourself some slack. If you “mess up” just get back on track with your plan ASAP! Also, remember that it's not "all or nothing." Every single step you take is progress in the right direction. Finally, while being realistic is important to your success, you also want to avoid challenge altogether. Celebrate your milestones! Each hurdle you clear is a reason to be proud of yourself and it will motivate you to move onto the next goal.
This is how you combine resolutions with goals in order to reach your most-desired achievements. Moving forward with purpose in life is essentially what this challenge is all about. I hope you're starting to see that these things are possible.
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