Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The crucial difference between a goal and a resolution.

One's a hope, and one's a plan.

A goal might be to lose weight, get in shape, eat healthier, love better, get a promotion, higher grades in school, etc. Those are things you truly hope you'll do in 2012.

A resolution?

That'd be the plan that'll actually get you there. So your resolution might be to pack your lunches every day to work, to go for a 20min walk on your treadmill every morning before you shower, to tell you wife or husband you love them on an at least weekly basis and create a standing date night, to ensure you never leave work without having cleared out your inbox, that every weekend you dedicate at least 4 hours to library based study.

If you actually want to reach a goal, well then you'd better also figure out exactly how you're going to get there. So for instance don't just renew your gym membership, schedule workout times into your real agenda and treat yourself like your most important client.

This year, resolve to actually have plans, and not simply hopes.

Happy New Year one and all!

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  1. Interesting. I use the two terms the opposite way. Either way, I've updated my plans for 2012 and am ready for a good, fit year.

  2. the best laid plans... go oft awry. Or something like that. I can certainly testify to that one. Stuff happens and it does get in the way of my expectations of the perfect execution of my plans. That being said, I am happy to be healthier and, yes, lighter, at the end of 2011 than I was when I started it, e even though I had some stumbling blocks. I can only hope (or is it plan?) for the same in 2012

  3. Great post! I've decided on a slow start to the New Year with the thought that keeping my goals small and then incrementing up will help me actually get there.

    Always enjoy your blog - thanks.