Turning a New Year’s resolution into a goal

goals 2014

What’s better than making a New Year’s resolution? Making it a goal instead.

“A resolution is a solution to a problem”. That’s what Dr. Caroline Cederquist, medical director for bistroMD and the Cederquist Medical Wellness Center shared in a CNN report.

Breaking the word down, she said, “It’s ‘solution’, meaning you are solving a problem, with a prefix ‘re’, which means again. We strive to solve a problem again and again and again.They tend to be empty promises to ourselves.”

I hadn’t stopped to really think about the definition of a “resolution”. I’m glad Dr. Cederquist did.

Goals, according to dictionary.com, are “the result or achievement toward which effort is directed”. Now that’s a better approach to the new year.

Last January, I didn’t make a resolution. Instead, I made goals for myself. I managed to accomplish eight of them, which included creating this blog to inspire others. What I achieved helped me to develop both professionally and personally.

This is how I did it and how you can too:

Ask yourself where you want to be a year from now. Think of your goal as the destination. If it’s to live a healthier life, making a daily choice to eat better and to exercise is the journey to making it happen.

Get out of your box. It might mean learning a new skill, taking a new job, starting a business, or traveling to new places. When you push yourself beyond the ordinary, then you can do the extraordinary.

Write your goals down. If they are in front of you, your goals are tangible.They are a constant reminder of what you want to achieve. Checking them off as they are accomplished feels pretty good too.

Tell someone. Sharing your goals with at least one other person holds you accountable. It can also provide you with a support network to help you along the way.

Stay focused.  Do you spend your time or invest your time? The difference is what you do with it. Every day should be another step toward achieving a goal.

Where will you be this time next year? Your relentless pursuit in achieving your goals will drive you there. So enjoy the journey and just see where it takes you.


  One thought on “Turning a New Year’s resolution into a goal

  1. larryorlando2013
    January 1, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Thought provoking as usual, Mary. Off to create some to do lists for 2014.

  2. January 1, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you, Larry. I know you’ll accomplish all if it. Keep creating!

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