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Make A Goal, Not A Resolution

How many times have you heard this, “My new years resolution is…

And if you think back to what your friend, relative or colleague said, they’ve probably never followed through…

Somewhere along the way they gave up.

Resolution indicates an abrupt change, something new and sudden, starting something we’re not accustom to.

And more often than not people never stay with the resolution for the simple fact that change is hard, but sudden change is even harder.

I’ve asked friends why they didn’t stay with their resolution and here are some of the answers I got.

  • I feel cheated
  • It’s too tough, I just couldn’t do it.”
  • Well, I was going to do that, BUT…
  • I was doing great until the hurricane!” (This happens in Florida!)
  • Well, I couldn’t because it affected the family too much

Most people don’t accept sudden change and yet they make a resolution every year and set themselves up for failure.

To me, resolutions are like diets, they have a beginning and an end…

But lifestyle changes are forever!

I believe in having a goal because it involves lifestyle and it gives you something to work towards.

Goals are about achievement, they’re about doing something new and they’re about improvement and accomplishment.

You should strive to be a goal-oriented person, because you’ll always be challenging yourself and keeping life interesting.

Sitting in a hospital bed after wrecking my health, I thought about what I did to cause the decline and made a plan that involved different goals.

I worked toward them at my own pace and improved my life.

One of my most recent goals was to participate in a triathlon.

I researched the sport and started training and gave myself eight months to get ready.

I trained regularly and watched what I ate so that when the day came, not only did I reach my goal of entering the event, but I also finished the race, coming in second in my age group.

Of course, this wasn’t my only goal…

There are many other goals that I set and accomplished that has brought me to where I am today, and by reaching my goals, that feeling of accomplishment builds and almost becomes addictive

My most recent goal, which we’ve talked about in other editions of Ready, Set…GO!, was to cycle sixty-seven miles for my sixty-seventh birthday.

A goal, I’m happy to say, I reached!

In short some of the benefits are feelings of accomplishment, pride, well being, being physically fit and healthy.

So this year, make a goal and not a resolution.

Give yourself something to work for, something that challenges you, make sure it’s within reason and go for it.

You know those things you have on your bucket list, those things you’ve always wanted to do but never got around to doing?

Go do them. 

Make it your goal to do at least one of them this year.

Remove the word resolution from your dictionary and replace it with GOAL.

And when you tell your children what your goal is for this year and they tell you you’re too old look them straight in the eye and say, “Watch me!

And as always…

Never say “I’m too old” or “I can’t”… because you’re not and you can.

Happy New Year!



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