A New Year and New Goal Setting

We are now into the second month of the New Year and I hear a lot of people talking about resolutions and promises they made to themselves. This made me think of Simon Bailey’s article, “3 Goal-Setting Myths,” which looks at the pitfalls or walls that we run into that result in disappointment at this time of year, especially when we are thinking enthusiastically about our goals and of the future.

We need to think of a goal as being multi-faceted, consisting of several small achievable goals leading to our larger goal, with many celebration points along the way.  If we don’t, the tendency is to commit to the same large goal annually. And if we fail to achieve this goal, it reinforces that our ultimate goal in not achievable.

Writing down your goals is of paramount importance, but it doesn’t end there. You need a plan to review them or repeat them daily or weekly, at very least. If you don’t they will be forgotten. Most importantly, the best plans left unexecuted are useless. Don’t be a perfectionist. Practice PBP (production before perfection). The most important think is taking action when human nature tells you to resist. Action does not have to be perfect, but it does have to be taken.  I hope you enjoy the read