Monday, January 16, 2012

Resolutions or Goals?

Here we are at the halfway point of January, and I'm sure that many of you have made your New Year resolutions by now. As for myself, I really prefer to look at resolutions as setting goals, and with definable steps, they can be accomplished. I'd like to share a brief article about goal setting that I got from my credit union. This is one of the best breakdowns I've seen in a long time......

   "Achieving your dreams and creating the future you want always begins with one important first step: a goal. Whether you're looking to help your child set goals so he/she achieves academically or have your own financial or self-improvement goals for the New Year, there IS a science to setting and meeting them.
   While New Year's resolutions are notoriously short-lived, a clear process will put any objective you've set for yourself within reach. No matter what you have in mind, you can apply these steps to whatever goals are important to you, and the whole process should take less than 90 minutes. 

1. Take a few minutes to write about the future you'd like to achieve. It's okay to start with a vague idea, but include as many specific details as possible.
2. Looking at the future you've envisioned for yourself, pick six specific and attainable goals that could help you achieve the future.
3. Number your goals according to their order of importance.
4. Look at each goal and write a paragraph about how achieving that specific step will benefit you.
5. For each goal, break it into smaller, more manageable steps.
6. Identify obstacles that may get in the way and come up with a strategy for overcoming them should you need to do so.
7. Write about your commitment to reaching these goals.

That's it. Sound Easy? Perhaps. But by taking the step of committing your goals to paper and working through these steps, you've laid the groundwork for success. A goal is simply a dream with a deadline...may all your dreams come true! Happy New Year!"

I haven't begun this process yet, but I do have in mind a few "vague ideas" in which to start, so with that said....onward to reaching my goals!

Have a happy day!