Habits vs Goals vs New Year’s Resolutions – What’s the difference?

This morning I went out for my morning walk and I was shocked by how many people were also out walking. Usually, I don’t see very many people on the sidewalks and trails that I walk. Then I remembered that it was January in sunny Florida. All the people that had set a New Year’s Resolution to get fit this year were out in full force.

As I walked, I contemplated the difference between habits vs. goals vs new year’s resolutions. Most of us set New Year’s Resolutions that we do not keep. The only time I recall being able to keep my resolutions was the year in college when I stated that my New Year’s Resolutions were to drink more champagne, eat more chocolate, and take more bubble baths. I was pretty successful with keeping those 3 resolutions.

Why do most of us fail at New Year’s Resolutions? 

I believe the reason is we fail at New Year’s Resolutions is that we don’t look at our resolution as a goal or lifestyle habit.  If we state,”I resolve to get fit this year.” and don’t create new habits that fit our lifestyles we will be crowding the sidewalks and gyms in January and return to our couch potato lifestyle in February.

Success Habits vs Goals ~ Setting Yourself Up for Successhabits vs goals

How many times have you set goals, only to eventually give up on them? Maybe you set a goal to lose 20 pounds this year. But by the middle of the year, you’ve given up completely. If this sounds familiar, it might be because you are trying to achieve your goals in the wrong way. Following through with your goals means you need to know the right way to achieve them. In other words, you need a goal setting success plan.

Here are 10 steps for goal setting success to get you started on the right track.

  1. Decide is this a goal that I can complete or is this a habit that I need to do on a daily basis. Getting fit is not a simple goal that you can complete in a few days.
  2. Focus on one goal or habit at a time. Many people start out with several goals at once and try to do too much. At the end, they become overwhelmed and lose energy and motivation. It’s a very common mistake. It is impossible to maintain your passionate energy and focus when trying to reach two or more goals at once. Choose one goal and focus on it completely. You can always go back to the other goals once you’ve accomplished your primary goal or established a new habit for yourself.
  3. Write down your goals and post them someplace you’ll see them every day. Put them on your bathroom mirror, your refrigerator, on your smartphone and on your desktop. Seeing your goals every day keeps you motivated. Having them written down means you won’t forget them or get sidetracked.
  4. Believe in your goal. Have faith in the process and believe you can accomplish it. Make your thoughts positive and turn your thoughts into reality.
  5. Visualize your end result. Think about what you want the finish line to look like. What does it feel like, look like, smell like? How do you feel? Be absolutely clear on what you want to happen.
  6. Create a plan of action to achieve your goal. Write down a list of the action steps you need to take. When you have a goal, but no plan of action, you aren’t sure of what to do next. It’s like driving without directions of where you want to go. You miss deadlines, don’t have priorities and are unorganized. You eventually get frustrated and your goal fails.
  7. Know your “why.” Knowing your purpose or the reason why you want to achieve a particular goal keeps you motivated to take the steps needed to reach the goal. It helps you recognize that the goal is worth working towards.
  8. Commit to your goal. Write down why and how you are committing to your goal and why it’s important. What does the finished goal mean to you, and why is it necessary for you to make it happen? Write down the steps you need to take to make it happen.
  9. Hold yourself accountable. Get outside help like a coach if you need to have someone else hold you accountable. They can provide valuable feedback when you need it.
  10. Review your goals every day. Then take action on them. This keeps your goals fresh in your mind. It also allows you to see which steps you still need to take and to make any adjustments that you might need to.

To succeed you need a good goal setting success plan. By following these steps and taking action on your goal every day, you have everything you need to succeed.

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