Resolutions vs. Goals

January 1, 2016

The dawn of a new year always brings to mind the thoughts of new beginnings, fresh starts and personal changes. It is seen as a special, perhaps even magical, time when even the impossible seems within reach. We see this manifest abundantly. It is on the newsfeeds of our social media pages. It is implied in TV commercials that promise you can reach those goals with their products. It may even come up in your personal conversations with friends and family. Even if you are one of the many who vow to avoid making resolutions, you still talk about it in that way. Like it or not, the idea of “New Year’s Resolutions” is ingrained in our culture and psyche.

So what exactly is a resolution? See below:

RESOLUTION [rez-uh-loo-shuh n]

1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.

2. the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.

3. a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.


Does that fit your idea of what it means to make resolutions?

Perhaps what we actually intend to do, is to make GOALS.

The definition of a goal is seen below:

GOAL [gohl]

1. the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.


The two are closely related, sure. One is an end (the goal) to justify the means, while the other is a declaration of intent (the resolution) to reach that end point. Making resolutions is all well and good, and can be fun and even exciting! But if you want to actually see that resolution stick, you are going to need a goal and a plan of attack in order to reach it.

So, go ahead and make those resolutions! Don’t let the naysayers and internet trolls get you down with their memes chastising the world for wanting to partake of the “New Year, New Me” business! Every day is a chance to start new. Every day is a new year in the making. Just be sure to make your goals as well, because there is no sweeter success than proving you can do something!

*If you need help with Goal Setting, please feel free to drop me a line!

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