No Goals in 2009!
Goals are awful. Bad, bad, bad!
I think that New Years resolutions only exist to boost gym membership and anti-smoking patch sales every January.
New Years resolutions get broken. Period. Sure, the random person may stick to it, but chances are, you won’t.
It’s not your fault, either. It really isn’t. We don’t get taught how to make changes, we get taught how to stay the same.
If you wanted to stay the same, you wouldn’t be reading my blog. After all, I write this so you will change. I want you to change, at least, if you want to.
So no new years resolutions, ok?
Instead, make decisions. Let’s make some new years decisions. I’ve made some decisions. I’ve decided to stop smoking. I’ve decided to be in shape before I turn 30 (6 months away). I’ve decided to pursue some business oppurtunities, and create some business opportunities.
Now, these are pretty vague decisions, and the actual decision is much more exact and specific. I have decided to not smoke any cigarettes in 2009. I have decided to stretch and exercise every morning. I’ve got some specifics about my business, but I’m gonna keep those private for now 😉
There is a difference between making a resolution and making a decision. A resolution is nice, a decision is final. We are men, when we decide to do something, we tend to do it.
It is important when setting any sorts of goals. or making any sorts of decisions, to focus on the actions, not the result (I think this is well known by now, but if you want me to explain why this is so important, let me know).
For instance, a BAD goal is “I want to lose 15 pounds”. A GOOD decision is “I will jog three times a week and not eat any refined starches and sugars”.
A BAD goal is “I want a new girlfriend”. A GOOD decision is “I will talk to and meet a new woman every day”.
A BAD goal is “I want to make more money”. A GOOD decision is “I will write on my blog at least once a week”.
I think you are seeing the pattern.
If you are still thinking about New Years decisions, and want to discuss your goals and how to achieve them, write about it as a comment to this post below. I will respond to all comments about setting goals, and offer advice on coaching about how to define and implement them. Have you ever wondered what personal coaching is like? You can get a taste of it in the comment section below.
Happy New Year, I have decided to do that which will make this a satisfying and fun year. Come on and join me.