Goal Setting for New Year’s Resolutions

By Carolyn Flynn

Here are some guidelines for setting New’s Years Resolutions you can achieve:

1. Set Achievable Goals.

We’d all like to reach a goal to win the lottery or become a millionaire this year. While those two things would make for a fabulous year, the odds are against you for achieving it. Goals are stepping stones and guides to getting what you want in life. Setting achievable goals helps you to keep your resolutions, feel good about yourself, and move your life forward in the direction you desire.

2. Make Specific Goals.

If your goal is too vague or too big it can be difficult to complete. A goal to exercise is nice, but is too general. Decide on something more specific such as exercising 15 minutes, three days a week. Being more specific helps to identify what you what to accomplish and makes it easier to track your progress. Keeping a log will help you complete your specific goal. This not only helps you to achieve your resolution, but will make you feel good each time you do it.

3. Go Beyond This Year.

Set more general goals for the future. Setting 5, 10, 15 and 20 year goals gives your life direction, and a map showing where you want to take your life. Sometimes it is easiest to start backwards starting with a 20 year goal of where you want to end up in life, and then work towards the 15, 10, 5, and 1 year marks to set goals and resolutions that will help you achieve the end results you want in life.

Remember, the basic steps for achieving your New Year’s resolutions is to decide what you want, determine what needs to occur to reach your goals, and most importantly, take action on your goals.

Here are some valuable internet resources that will help you reach your goals for the New Year:

Goal Setting Will Make That New Year’s Resolution Happen
Key to Successful New Year’s Resolutions
Smarter Goal Setting Acronym – Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution With SMARTer Goal Setting
Tips for setting New Year’s resolutions for kids and families
Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals For The New Year
Goal Kicker – New Year Resolutions Count Down: 3 weeks to go
Turn Your New Year Resolutions Into Real Results
New Year’s Resolution Makeovers
Practical Goal Setting Tools
Green Goal Setting
Four Steps to Prepare for Goal Setting
New Years Resolutions – Achieving Goals

By Carolyn Almendarez

What are your goals for the upcoming year? Share your resolutions in the comments below.

Flickr photo by Alan Cleaver

Carolyn Flynn is a Relationship Expert and author of Heal Your Grief, SMART Talk, and Holiday Peace And Joy.

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  3. Harry says:

    Great post.

    For effectively setting goals and getting the result, recommend a cool goal management tool called GoalsOnTrack, http://www.goalsontrack.com.

    • Carolyn Almendarez says:

      Thanks for the additional reference. Happy New Year!

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