It is almost that time of year again. The setting of the dreaded New Year's Resolutions. We hate them yet we create them each year. Only to have them broken before the holiday decorations have returned to the attic. When we break a resolution, we associate that with failing and return to our old habits that caused us to create the resolution in the first place. This year let's try something different. Let's set 2019 goals instead. A goal is the result or achievement toward which effort is directed. Sounds better then a resolution already.
By setting goals, we now have something to work towards. When setting goals use the SMART method.
As an example: I will lose 30 lbs in 6 months to improve my health. Now we have something to work with. By setting a goal, you are now making it a priority in your life and you should treat as such. You must also be accountable to your goals. Visit your goals weekly and track how you are doing towards the goal. It is easy to get off track but if it remains a priority in your life, get right back on.
If this were a resolution, the first time you slip it would be over. But in a goal, you will have good days and bad days but the goal is not changing. If you slip, dust yourself off and refocus. The best way to stay focused is to hire a coach. A coach will work with you set help set goals and hold you accountable. By hiring a coach, you will reach your goals faster and with greater clarity.
So, at this year's New Year's Eve party when someone asks you if you have any New Year Resolutions? Say "No, but I have a couple of solid goals that will improve my life in 2019"
Good luck, Dan - Sapphire Coaching. www.sapphirecoaching.net