superdumb supervillain: Six Guidelines for Drafting your New Year's Resolutions

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Six Guidelines for Drafting your New Year's Resolutions

It's about that time again. Once all the holiday gifts are wrapped, delivered and unwrapped, it's time to start thinking of New Year's Eve and how we can make next year even better. I have to admit that I am not in the habit of making an actual documented resolution but perhaps it would make them more effective! Here are some things to keep in mind while you mull over what you'd like to change and how you plan on doing that.

  • Goals must be in writing.
  • Goals that are not written down are just wishes.

  • Goals must be measurable.
  • There’s a big difference in saying, “I want to lose weight” and saying “I will lose 10 pounds by March 1.” Your goals must be measured by something; this is what increases your chances of achieving them.

  • Goals must be realistic.
  • If your goals are completely unrealistic, then you’re setting yourself up for defeat. Be practical.

  • Goals must have a deadline.
  • You will be more determined to achieve your goal when you have a deadline. Always assign a deadline to your goals. It’s energizing and motivating.

  • Reward yourself when you reach certain milestones toward your goal.
  • If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, reward your progress and treat yourself when you reach 10 pounds. This will keep you motivated and help keep your momentum going.

  • Put yourself in situations that will be conducive to reaching your goals.
  • Surround yourself with positive people who will help you achieve your goals. If your goal is to save money, don’t go out with friends who are lavish spenders.

    This tips come from Terri Savelle Foy, a Life Coach and the author of Make Your Dreams Bigger than Your Memories. Terri is an ordained minister and televangelist, which is not generally a big selling point for me, but I thought these tips were a great reminder as we contemplate the end of 2011 and our goals for 2012. 

    1 comment:

    1. Goals, huh? I'm terrible about this. I've never in my life set a goal. I wonder what I could accomplish if I did, so perhaps 2012 will be the year of goals for me. Or not.


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