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January 15, 2009

January 2009 Newsletter

A Wish or Goals?

As we take a look back on the past year, we tend to see what we have accomplished, the things we wanted to do, and what we still need to do. As we all know, New Yearís resolutions are easily made but also easily forgotten. New Yearís resolutions are mainly about setting goals and we all have the best of intentions when setting them. Many of us may plan to make more time for family, pay more attention to our health, exercise more, stop smoking, or find a new career path. But why is it that these well-intentioned goals are so easily forgotten?

Many people believe that by making a New Yearís resolution something will magically happen that will allow these goals to be executed. A New Yearís resolution is a goal we make to improve our lives in some area. Any goal, no matter what time of year they are made requires a plan, self-discipline, commitment to change, flexibility, and determination.

There are six basic elements that go into making resolutions:

  • Understand why itís important to set goals.
  • Figure out what you really want.
  • Set your goal and write it down.
  • Plan your strategy, your plan of action and write it down.
  • Stick to your plan step by step.
  • Frequently evaluate your progress

    Why is it important to set goals?

  • To figure out what you really want. Youíre the only one who knows what you really want.
  • To create a plan. Itís important to have a strategy to help you achieve what you really want Ė there is no point having a great goal if you donít know how to get there.
  • Envision your goal. Once you can envision your goal you will have more motivation to put your plan into action Ė since your goals will be personal and meaningful to you and based on what you really want, you will be motivated to achieve it.
  • Goals are like a road map. They help to keep track of your progress and give you a better sense of where you are in the big picture. Itís easy to get distracted by lifeís little obstacles, so goal setting will help you focus your time and energy in the right direction.

    Making a resolution or a goal is only a small fraction of achieving that goal. In defining your plan you must be as precise and detailed as possible. Here are some questions you must ask yourself when defining your plan.

  • Why is this goal important to me? Make a list.
  • Do I need help executing my plan? If so, who can I contact?
  • How am I going to fit this into my current way of life? Where do I need to make some adjustments to my schedule?
  • Does this fit into my budget?
  • Am I emotionally ready for this?
  • Am I aware of the effort that is required of me?
  • Am I feeling committed to getting this done?

    So on this first month of the New Year, Iím quite certain you know what your goals are for this year. This year my goal is to get back to the gym and to do more weight training to strengthen my bones and increase my metabolism. So far Iíve signed up at the gym, created a workout schedule and met with my trainer. Itís important that you follow the above suggestions, determine how you plan to execute you goals and not just simply make a wish. By giving time and thought to this significant step you feel ready to take and by writing it down where you can get a visual reminder each day, it will establish your motivation, momentum, and follow-through for the year ahead.

    To Your Success!
    Audrey Marlene

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