Are you motivated by New Year’s Resolutions?    Have you set your resolutions year after year?  Or, are you, like me, tired of them?  Tired of not accomplishing or meeting them.  I guess there are some people who are successful with them, but I don’t know many who are.

A few years ago, I worked at a chiropractor’s office.  He required us to set quarterly goals.  Although difficult at first, this ended up being such a breakthrough for me.  Now I set goals every year for my business.  Goals to help me grow, learn, expand-both in my business and my personal life.  Goals I can be intentional about.

Are you asking yourself what you want to accomplish (more than Make More Money)?  Do you want to learn something new?  Speak at an event?  Grow your business 20%  Add an employee?  One year one of our goals was to “Work Smarter Not Harder.”  Keeping that front and center gave us opportunities to come up with some new and successful ideas.  I don’t believe we would have done that without the goal set and regular reminders to focus on it.

The definition of resolution is “A firm decision to do or not to do something.  The quality of being determined or resolute.”

The definition of a goal is “The object of a person’s ambition or effort, an aim or desired result.  The destination of a journey.”    

Oh yes!   The definition of goal feels much more genuine to me.  I am all about the journey and destination instead of a list of things I have to do or can’t do.

I usually have one lofty goal and several smaller, easily attainable goals.   Then I write out some quarterly specific things I can do to help reach the goals.   Finally I add it to my calendar each month (or week) to make sure I carve out time for it.    Have I mentioned I live and die by my calendar?  😊   In addition to helping me make time for my goals, having them on my calendar helps me REMEMBER my goals. 

Using a special/fun journal or notebook is helpful too.   Easy to recognize, fun to use, and maybe even inspirational.  I have a beautiful leather journal that I have used for several years.  It’s fun to look back on previous years goals and review successes, failures (not a bad word) and those we made progress on.

Accountability is an option if that works well for you.  Beating yourself up is not!  Many baby steps in the right direction is still progress.

This year I created a fun poster that is hanging in my office to keep my 2022 goals handy.   And this year I decided to focus on a word (or 2)… For 2022 my phrase is NO REGRETS.  

Happy New Year!  I hope this year, and every year, is a year of growth and success.

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