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When I was younger, I used to have a list of my New Year's Resolutions. But I could not remember any now. What I can remember is it was a list of the things I would change. It was like avoiding bad habits. And guess what, I always fail. They [bad habits] were just so good to keep.
Now that I am grown-up, I realize not to make resolutions because I don't want to keep avoiding something. As far as I could remember, an example of resolutions goes like this: I won't smoke. I won't eat sweets. I won't be late anymore. See? It was all rejection or avoidance. And I am afraid that my focus will be on it [avoiding]. And that eventually, I will be driving myself away from the things I should do instead.
So, instead of making new year's resolutions, I decided to set goals. I will not be shooing away; instead, I will be chasing the things I wanted to accomplish since I find shooing a wasteful activity. And in this way, I know where my life will be heading. I know what opportunities to grab and what is not because I have a picture of what I have to get done at the end of the year. Lastly, I know my priorities which need urgent actions, and what kind of actions because I set and define what I wanted to achieve.
So, can I have a yes from you on the New-Year's-Goals thingy?
If it is true yes, then set WISE goals.
What on earth are WISE goals?
Well, it is an acronym.
W - workable
It should be something possible given the resources, skills, talents, knowledge that you have. But of course, you can explore things beyond your comforts but make sure it is something you believe you can achieve.
I mean that it is not like setting a goal of going to the moon when you don't have the connections, training, and backgrounds of such a "space" thing. It should be something big enough but not too big that is too overwhelming and hard to achieve in the next 365 days of your life.
I - igniting
Yes, igniting. It is a feeling when you imagine your goals and all of your veins are electrifying. And you feel so energetic to go get them. In other words, it would inspire you to go and make a move.
A reason why you get up every day.
S - specific
When asked what do you want to be? Usually, the answer is: I wanted to be successful! I wanted to get rich!
But how successful? how much rich?
These answers are vague. It is vague enough to be easily disregarded.
We need a gauge, a measurement. Because it would give more definition of what we wanted to achieve. It would describe our position and how far we should be going. And it would tell us in the end, whether we accomplished it or not.
So it should be like I will have 100,000 PHP savings at the end of the year. It has how much and when. See?
E - empowering
If igniting is more personal, empowering is more of not only you but also the people around you. It would benefit and affect their lives positively. And I know for sure, your hard work is not a selfish effort. It is for the food your family eats, your children's school, your relative's hopes. So your goal should not only be for your own sake.
After all, our goals are not for us alone but also for the goodness of the people we loved.
So I have a little task for you to do.
- I want you to get a piece of clean paper and a pen.
- Then write down all the goals you wanted to achieve this year. Make sure it is WISE. It needs a lot of contemplating and imagining. Feel.
- Once done, put it up on your wall that every day you see them and have to feel them.
- Pray for it every time.
- Crush out the ones which you have completed and so on.
May you commit and achieve your 2021 goals!
Happy days coming!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Jason Behm
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 17, 2021:
Yes, I think having a goal in mind is the best route.
We are more apt to push ourselves, when we are trying to reach a goal.
Very well written.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 17, 2021:
I really like your article, Jason. I agree that making goals rather than making resolutions is very smart. You spelled it out in a way that makes sense.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 17, 2021:
Interesting and inspiring article. Makes sense to me, to make WISE goals, for the new year, and follow them.
Thank you for sharing and I enjoyed reading this.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 17, 2021:
This is quite an interesting and sensible plan. Thank you for sharing and all the best to you.