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Why NOT start today?

There’s a large segment of people who are quite anti-New Year’s Resolutions – and for good reason. While over 40% of us make resolutions every year, only 8% of us are actually successful at keeping them (Dan Diamond, Forbes). We hear these similar statistics year after year once all the fireworks smoke has dissipated and the confetti has been vacuumed up. Why is it so hard for us to keep these goals? Well it can be for a myriad of reasons, but I think it’s largely tied to this one thing:


We’re waiting for conditions to be perfect to begin, when in truth, it will never be “perfect.” So in actuality, we’re using perfection as an excuse for delaying action. Those fitness goals? We’ll get right to that, as soon as we buy the perfect Nike shoes we want to work out in with the latest technology in arch support and performance. Financial goals? Next week – when we’re not so busy and we have some time to think about ways to save more money. Career? You get the picture. So just how do we get over this need for perfection and join the 8% of people who do actually achieve their goals? The answer is simplicity. Simply begin. Whether you have all the tools and elements you think you need in place or not – start anyway.


Forbes’ Dan Diamond also gives four simple tips for how to be one of the 8% that keeps your goals this year, which I rather like:

(1) Keep it simple: Keep your resolution list short. Make small, attainable goals throughout the year.

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(2) Make it tangible: i.e. “SMART” – ensure it’s measurable and specific, not some lofty overwhelming goal. Mind Tools has some great tips on how to create S.M.A.R.T. goals.

(3) Make it obvious: try a vision board, write a to-do list for the week or share your goal with others so they can help keep you accountable throughout the year. Christine Kane provides some great steps on how to make a vision board.

(4) Keep believing in yourself: “You have as much will power as you think you have,” Dan says.

So why NOT start today? Today’s as good a day as any (it just happens to be the first Monday of the New Year). What are some of your goal-keeping tips that have worked for you? Please feel free to share them with us.

MM - Alan Cohen (4Jan2016)

Speaking of accomplishments: view our Top 10 Projects of 2015.

Happy New Year to you from our family to yours and best of luck to you in 2016!

Andrea D. Smith, Guest Writer

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