It’s about that time of the year when most of us start having new year resolutions—you know, the “New Year, New Me” syndrome. While this is not a bad thing—in fact, it’s good— but let me ask you, how many of your new year resolutions have you ever seen through? None? Only a few?
So, rather than have new-year resolutions, can we have new-year goals instead?
A new-year resolution could be: “I will exercise more this year.” or “I want to eat healthier.” This does not have a clear-cut way you want to achieve it, so the chances of not fulfilling it are high.
Instead of the resolutions above, you should have goals like this –
“I will eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. I will limit processed foods to once a week and drink eight glasses of water every day to improve my nutrition.”
“I will exercise three times a week for 30 minutes each session to improve my overall fitness and stamina.”
New Year goals are like a map, guiding you towards what you want. They’re clear and specific, helping you focus on what matters most. Goals give you a target to aim for and a plan to get there.
On the other hand, New Year resolutions are more like promises you make to yourself. They’re about changing habits or behaviors. Resolutions often lack a clear plan, making them easier to forget or give up on.
Goals are achievable steps, while resolutions are more about making a decision to change. Setting goals can help you make progress throughout the year, while resolutions might fade away without a solid plan.
So, create a plan and a timeline for your resolutions, and you stand a better chance of fulfilling it.