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365 Days of Writing Prompts: Day 2

January 2, 2016


Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

I can honestly say that I have NOT ever made a resolution that I have kept. But isn’t this pretty much typical of everyone? I mean, what’s the point when you know that come February 1st (or sooner!) that you will have forgotten all about that resolution? or found it impossible? or too difficult to maintain? or perhaps you can put it off because you have a whole year to accomplish it?

It was once a fun activity for me to sit down on New Year’s Eve and contemplate all of the resolutions I wanted to accomplish and write them down on paper. I was going to lose weight. Stop smoking. Be more social. Travel. Blah blah blah. Of course, none of it ever happened. They were merely wishes unfulfilled and unfulfillable. Resolutions are just a very, very, very bad idea.

So what is the alternative then? Goals. And not just any goals, but specific goals.

Definition of Resolution: a resolve; a decision or determination

Definition of Goal: the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end

So as you can see, a resolution is merely a decision or a determination; however, a goal is a result!

So my dear friends, if you want to achieve things in 2016, do not merely make a decision or determination, set a goal and get results!

You can make a list of specific goals: to lose 20 lbs by March, or quit smoking by such and such a date, or attend such and such a function on a specific date, etc. Do you see the difference? Deadlines keep you focused and alert.

So what are your specific GOALS for 2016? You can read about mine here


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