Goals vs. Resolutions-Are They The Same?

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Should you make resolutions or goals for the New Year? When I was a child, I didn’t talk very much. I spent a lot of time with adults and did a lot of listening. I remember hearing about making New Year’s resolutions. I also remember hearing the jokes about how resolutions are never kept. The message I learned was goals equal success, resolutions equal failure. Would it be better to make New Year’s goals instead? Would you have a better chance of accomplishing goals instead of resolutions?

I did some searches online for statistics of how many people keep resolutions and how many people accomplish written down goals. There were various results. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, Only 8% of people who make resolutions achieve them. Then I did some looking around about goal accomplishments. What percentage of people actually accomplish written down goals. I didn’t see many percentages but I did see a lot of results of how to be effective at goal setting and accomplishing your goals.

My experience has been when I set a goal, write it down, write down the steps to take to accomplish that goal, I get it done! The Statistic Brain Research Institute also had a list of the top 10 resolutions made for 2015. The number one resolution was to lose weight. How many times have you made the resolution to lose weight? I admit it, I have said it to myself and would last two months before I gave up. I did this for several years. I fell into the trap of thinking I can’t lose weight so I stopped trying. Actually what I did was give up on myself. That type of thinking had me almost to 300 pounds. I made a decision to set a goal instead of a resolution. My goal was to lose weight without having to do extreme exercises or extreme food programs. I needed to come up with a plan that fit into my life no matter what was happening. I needed to take steps to ensure success that would last a lifetime not just a short time. I started by writing down each month how much I wanted to lose, what my average caloric intake would be each day and what type of exercise I would do. As of today, I’ve lost 70 pounds and 12.5 inches off of my waist. No, the results didn’t happen overnight. For the past 4 years, I have been doing this routine. I have been doing the habits that successful weight maintainers do, they know what they’re eating and what type of physical activity they will do.

Are resolutions or goals better to make? You have to make that decision for yourself. I personally get better results when I set goals instead of resolutions. A resolution for me is a promise and a goal is a target. Targets are easier to see and hit.

Don’t wait until 2016 to decide to lose weight and get healthy. Buy my book, Losing Weight to Gain Control-Loving Your Weight Maintenance Journey to start building a plan now for your life. Don’t give up on YOU!


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