Monday, January 04, 2010

Resolutions Are Just Goals With Party Hats On

Experts say that 75% of people who make New Year's resolutions break them by the end of the first week. WHY? Those same experts say it's because most resolutions aren't specific enough. I say it's because most resolutions made in the afterglow of New Year's celebrations are just goals with party hats on them. Meaning they have no meaning behind them.

Do you set goals and achieve them? Regularly? If you do you're in the minority. Most people don't even try and those that do often find the same big goals festering on their list for a long time without ever being accomplished.

How is it that successful people seem to be able to set and achieve big goals routinely? What do the 1% do differently? Here's a clue. Do you have a "to-do" list? Do you have any problems with getting the items on that list accomplished? Maybe not as fast as you'd like, but they all get done, right?

Now think about the way your mind views a goal (or a New Year's resolution) versus a "to-do" item. The big difference is confidence - no matter what the "to-do" item is, you know it has to get done and you can figure out how to do it, even if it means that you have to get help. So you mentally make a plan and start work. And it gets done.

You can have stuff on your "to-do" list that you don't have all the information you need to accomplish. Getting the information just becomes part of the task. This is exactly how successful people deal with goals. Instead of seeing them as overwhelming "pie-in-the-sky" visions, they simply become an item on the "to-do" list. They make a plan and get to work, because they believe they can get it done. And they generally do.

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