As the New Year begins, it is usually expected that we identify something we want to improve in our lives. Some call it resolutions, some call it goals.
But they’re not the same and that makes the big difference between accomplishing them or not, even when the intention is the same.
Resolutions vs Goals
Resolutions are intentions, ideas or decisions that are being created as a need arise. They are only the seed of a potential creation needed to improve your life. The problem with people that don’t keep their resolutions is that they stop here and hope something or someone will come and execute that resolution for them… and that never happens.
On the other hand, goals are the specific plans to accomplish something that will improve anyone’s life. Goals have a structure, a timeline, a process. This is what resolutions lack; that’s why many people fail accomplishing their resolutions.
Now you know the difference, and also know how to use them together. Set the intention (resolution) that you know you can accomplish and then follow up with a plan to achieve that intention, which now becomes the goal.
What do you want?
Every time we want something is because we think we will improve our life and our way of feeling by obtaining it.
Most of the time when we want something is because we had an experience that made us realize what we don’t want. That is normal; the only problem is that many people don’t make the shift from knowing what they don’t want to what they really want.
But in order to get what you want, you need to know what it is that you want. Do you know what you want? Do you REALLY know what you want? And I mean what you want, not what you don’t want.
If you go to the store and ask and an item that you don’t want, do you think you’ll be getting what you want? Not likely.
But if you know exactly what you are looking for, the attendant will surely get it for you right away. Makes sense?
3 Steps to know what you really want
Grab a pen and piece of paper and do the following:
1.- Your top 3. From the different areas of your life, pick the top 3 you would like to improve.
2.- What would you like to see done for each area? Write as many ideas as you brainstorm but be very specific. Goals don’t need to be realistic or unrealistic. They just need to feel good to you and be in the best harmony with everyone involved in the fulfillment process.
3.- Review the ideas and pick only one from each area. Start with one goal for each area so you don’t feel overwhelmed. You can increase the number as you think you can handle it. Now, these are your new goals. These are some of the things that you really want.
You don’t have to wait to the beginning of the New Year to create new goals. You can do that as soon as you feel you can handle more.
I hope this Year is one of the most productive and efficient years for you and your life.
Feel free to share your goals in the comments below.