Since the majority of people who make New Year’s resolutions fail to reach and keep them, it’s imperative that we discover and apply more effective principles and strategies that will help us make resolutions that really make a difference. In part one and two, we learned that resolutions need to be relevant to our lives and present situations. In this article, we are reminded that:
* Resolutions should be realistic and reachable
When a person desires major weight loss in their lives, rather than making a resolution to lose 60 pounds this year, a resolution to lose a pound a week and a realistic strategy involving exercise and eating habits will make their resolution more realistic and reachable. If a person would like to run a marathon, it would be best to begin with a 5K race, move on to a 10K race and then a half marathon before attempting the marathon. To write a book, a realistic strategy might be to write a page a day, while joining and attending writing groups for feedback and accountability. Whatever your resolution is for 2010, write it and design it to be realistic and reachable.
* Resolutions should be reviewed and refined
Surveys have revealed that only 4% of Americans write down their goals and review them annually. Is it any wonder that so few actually fulfill their dreams and keep their resolutions? Those who aim at nothing will almost always hit it. Resolutions are goals and they need to be continually reviewed and refined to be reached. Resolutions need to inculcated and integrated into our Life Strategy and plans.
When we decide to go on a vacation, we think about it a lot, discuss it with our family, and read magazines or books about the places we want to go. Then, we decide when and where we will go and we save money for the trip, the hotel, the food and the activities. We then might “Map-Quest” it to determine exactly how to get there, how many miles we must travel, how much gas it will take and how many hours we must drive to get to our destination. Why do we devote more time and concern to planning our vacations than to planning our lives? Life Strategy states where we want to go and how we will get there – what we want to do and how we will do it.
So, what do you want to accomplish before you leave this planet? Where do you want to go before you are gone for good? What do you need to do in 2010 to put you or keep you on the path to purpose and potential? To get there, you will have to assess and discover where you actually are in your life, decide where you want to go, and then determine how to get there. You will need to Map-Quest your life, establish and follow goals to keep you moving in the right direction. Maybe the best resolution that you can make for 2010 is to be part of the 4% who actually set, live and review life goals:
List 3-5 Life Long Goals:
List 3-5 Mid-Range 5 year Goals:
List 3-5 Short-Range 12 month Goals:
List 3-5 Monthly goals (this month):
List 3-5 Weekly Goals (this week):
Your weekly goals help you to fulfill your monthly goals, which assist you in meeting your yearly goals, which enable you to accomplish your five year goals, which empower you to complete your life goals and achieve greatness – true rock star status (at least to someone).