A New Approach To Goal Setting
Everywhere you turn this week, you see reviews of 2010, predictions for 2011 and how to make the most of the new year. All great sentiments, especially about making the most of 2011.
Goal setting seems to the theme at the moment. New year resolutions are being set. This year won’t be the same as last year, etc.
I don’t know why people wait until the new year to start a new regime. I guess it’s the dawn of a new year bringing with it a new level of hope. But it is the first step you take to changing that matters, not the date.
You can change anytime that you want.
So if by February 1st, your goals of losing 15lb while going to the gym 5 nights a week haven’t been accomplished, well then, draw a line under it and set new goals in February.
Brian Tracey said that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so start those 21 days anytime. The 10th of January, the 27th of January or 1st of February.
If you look at goal-setting in a relaxed way, you’re more likely to achieve your goals.
Make the change when you want to make the change, not because some date is dictated to you.
Sure, the new year brings hope and enthusiasm for a brand new year. But within that year, there are 365 days (sometimes 366 days), each one bringing it’s own fresh start.
So start making the most of the days, not necessarily the year. There’s an old saying: “if you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves”. Applying that same logic, if you look after the days, the year will look after itself. So by December 31st 2011, you’ll be toasting a whole heap of achievements.
(I’ll be back to the marketing and copywriting tips next time!)
Happy 2011 – may it be productive & happy.