If you are like most people, you make resolutions and never keep them. It’s no wonder. No one likes to resolve to do anything. And that’s why most people don’t keep their resolutions past six months, and, according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only eight percent of those who make resolutions say they succeed at them.
When you resolve to do something, you typically feel like you’ve chosen to do something necessary. You likely don’t feel passionate or inspired by the decision. That’s a problem.You won’t follow through on tasks that don’t excite you.
Just think about the definition of the word: to make a definite and serious decision to do something. It’s great to decide to do something, and to be serious and definite about that decision, but you don’t want to decide because you must or have to. You are more likely to carry through on your resolutions if you want to do them and if they inspire and excite you.
When you reach a resolution, you solve a problem. While you may want to solve a problem in the coming year, you are more likely to take action toward doing so if you position the solution in a positive light, such as a goal you want to attain.
That’s why I suggest you don’t create any resolutions for 2016.
Goals setting provides a much more inspirational way to approach the changes you desire in the New Year. High performers in every area—personally and professionally—set goals each year. They also set them each month, week, and day. This keeps them on track all year long to achieve the results they desire.
You might feel that I’m playing with semantics here. But if you don’t keep your resolutions past about week two of the New Year, why not at least try setting goals instead? You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
I wrote a blog post last week that will help you set goals, and I have another one scheduled to publish on Friday, so look for it! Also, if you aren’t already on my mailing list, sign up now to receive this free ebook: How to Create—and Achieve—Your Goals: A Quick Guide to Making this Your Best Year Ever.
And if you have a spiritual bent and want to make goal setting a spiritual practice, check out my book, Get Ready, Aim, Shoot: Hit Your Target This Year.
Do you make resolutions or set goals? Which strategy works better for you?