The Easy Way to Determine if You Need Resolutions or Goals
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As the New Year approaches, and we’re caught up thinking about where we’ll spend New Year’s Eve, or that party that we may or may not want to attend, one thing will ALWAYS be brought to the forefront of our brains (usually thanks to the media): New Year’s Resolutions. Some of us love them, some of us hate them. But the bigger question becomes: Which should I be using? Resolutions or goals?
I have a love/hate relationship with resolutions. I love them because it feels like everybody is in on the motivation; It’s contagious. But I hate them because I always feel like so much was going on in November and December that I didn’t have time to fully prepare myself for these theoretical standards up on that pedestal. And once I’m halfway into January floundering around, I already feel like a failure. It’s very discouraging. So much pressure!!
For that reason, the last few years I’ve really begun to focus on true Goal Setting instead. I mean, you can only try a certain thing and fail so many times before you HAVE to try something new, right? Which is why I’ve turned to goal setting as my fallback for it all lately.
But the thing is, I don’t totally dislike resolutions, and here’s why:
Resolutions, by definition of dictionary.com, are: