Happy New Year! January has turned out be a very busy month and it’s almost over! Like many of you, I embarked on the new year with joy and expectancy. I was blessed to spend a portion of the holiday with our daughter and her family. Our grandsons enjoyed sharing with me all things they want to do this year. Their New Years’s resolutions are to have more fun. We had a wonderful time and I returned home energized and ready to take on 2014!
As you begin 2014, I have two questions for you.
- First, did you make a New Year’s resolution? Yes, well you are not alone. Every January hundreds of people join gyms, buy new athletic shoes and clothes to fulfill their resolution to lose weight, get in better shape, and to improve their health.
- Second, how long did the resolution last? It’s ok if you have already broken your resolution. In fact most people break their resolutions by the end of January. Research tells us that 25 percent of people abandon their resolutions after one week and 60 percent abandon them within six months.
I stopped making New Years resolutions many years ago. Instead of making resolutions, I commit to smart goals. Research has demonstrated the benefits and success of goals. Unlike resolutions, smart goals require us to think about what we really want from our lives.
Goals align our actions with our vision for the future. Achievement of our goals increases significantly when we write them down. According to Michael Hyatt, there are five reasons to write down your goals.
- Bring clarity to what you want.
- Drive you to take action.
- Serve as a filter for other opportunities.
- Overcome resistance.
- Enable you to see and celebrate your progress.
So what would you like to accomplish this year? Lose weight, increase your income, write a book or have more fun? Whatever you want to achieve, it’s possible. If you haven’t done so, start today by converting your 2014 resolutions into smart goals. Write them down and place them in a location where you can review them often.
This year can be the best year of your life!
Dr. Kim Moore
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