The new year is fast approaching. How ready are you to welcome it? Have you got specific plans or resolutions that you will want to achieve? What is your New Years resolution? As for me, I really don’t like resolutions. They usually begin well, but end up not really being what I would have wanted it to be.

The funny thing is that I even forget the resolutions I take before the end of the year. So it is even difficult to take account of what I did or didn’t do. In a previous post, I wrote about what successful people have that I don’t have and what you need if you want to achieve success. I emphasied on the point that every goal is achievable depending on how badly you need what is at hand.

Most of the times, our resolutions fail because we aim too high or have set very unrealistic goals. To avoid this, I prefer to make plans and not take resolutions. My plans are long term as well as short term. What I am saying is you can go ahead and make resolutions, but make sure you make plans to achieve them.

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January turns out to be the best time to create such goals because it is the beginning of the year. It is a blank page of a new calendar that promises new beginnings. You can make this coming year better by setting goals that can be realised and making plans on how to achieve them.

Last year my goal was to post at least one article per month. I created a plan each month and modified my yearly plans as well. That’s how I came to find myself at this period posting at least an article per week. I can say I achieved my plan to write an article a month. You can also read these daily goal setting tips to set yourself up for success.

More than half of the resolutions we make at the beginning of the year fail because we don’t create plans on how to achieve them. In addition to that, we create resolutions based on what society wants from us or at times they are too vague.

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Until we start creating smart resolutions, we may not achieve our goals. I mean smart as in SMART. Your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and should have a Timeline towards achieving it. I will explore more on a SMART objective in another post.

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