New Year’s Goals, Not Resolutions

This article was written by Life Coach Jennifer Bridge

With the New Year only a few days away, I’ve been thinking about my goals for 2011.  Yes, I make goals, not resolutions.  I have found resolutions to be too open-ended.  In the past, I lost focus and motivation when it came to my New Year’s resolutions.  In fact, statistics clearly show that most people do not stick to their New Year’s resolutions beyond the first few weeks of January.  Ever notice how jam packed the gym is the beginning of January?  How about all of the people that are moody and barely have patience from starting their resolutions to give up smoking, caffeine and junk food? By February, many are left feeling frustrated and discouraged because they were not able to keep their resolutions.  If this sounds familiar, you might want to set New Year’s goals instead.

Do you know what your goals are for the New Year?  There are many ways to come up with your goals.  One of the tools that I use with my clients is the Life Assessment Wheel.  It gives a snapshot of all areas of a person’s life.  The Life Assessment Wheel shows the successful areas in your life and the ones that need to be improved.

Another approach I use is to have clients envision a clean slate for creating new ideas and possibilities.  Then we make a list of what comes up.  That list is turned into goals that are achievable, measurable and in line with where you want to go.  Many people find it beneficial to work with a life coach on their goals, so they are held accountable and stay on track.

Managing your goals can feel overwhelming.  There are some wonderful websites out there to keep everything in order. Some of the ones I recommend are Stickk, 43 Things, Remember the Milk, Zealog, SuperViva, Achievr, Goal Setting 1 and Life Tango.  Whether the site calls it life tracking, personal metrics, important things to do or goals, these virtual tools are sure to be another helpful resource.

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