Goals Trump Resolutions

New Years Day has come and gone. Have your resolutions gone with it?

It is great to steel your resolve in order to change an unhealthy habit or otherwise improve your state of living. My suggestion would be to set goals rather than merely make hollow statements. Goals are resolutions with thought and concrete steps for their achievement.

Here’s how to set goals or bring about the changes you want to see:

1. Think about the end goal. That’s the big one. Write it down. Sticking it in your computer isn’t the same as physically writing it down. Files in a computer are too easy to ignore and forget. The act of actually writing them out takes them one step closer to forming them in reality. It also gives the added bonus of being able to post them where you will see them every day. Having it uppermost in your mind will give you the added impetus to work toward accomplishing them.

Write your goals in the present tense as if you have already accomplished them.

Always use the word “I” followed by a verb. Keep your goal statements as short and precise as possible.

2. Think about how you reached the big goal. Work your way backwards to see how you got there. Break the steps you took to get to the big goal down into much smaller steps. List everything you need to achieve it. Organize the list into a plan.

3. Give yourself a reasonable timeframe for achieving each small goal. Change what isn’t working. Be ready to change direction instead of giving up and thinking that you’ve hit a dead end.

Things to remember about setting your goals:

1. Decide exactly what you want. Know every detail. See it. Feel it. Smell it. Hear it.

2. Know that to bring something new into your world you must be willing to let go of something else. What are you willing to sacrifice in order to receive what you want?

3. State your goal positively. Say, “I am a non-smoker.” Don’t say, “I will quit smoking.”

4. Be realistic. Make your goal measureable so that you can see your progress. Set a deadline for each goal. If something isn’t working then change how you are doing things. Adapt!

5. Write it so it involves only you. Do not depend on circumstances or other people when it comes to achieving your goal.

6. Take action. Do something every day that moves you closer to your goal.

These tips will help you achieve any goal or bring into your life anything that you truly, deeply desire. All it takes are desire, thinking, and action!

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Darla Mittler is the President and CEO of Darla Mittler Document Magic. For over 20 years she has been helping people organize and streamline their businesses


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