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Why goals are way better than resolutions

Happy new year, my friend! 2015 is going to be an amazing year, I can just feel it! Even though I’m sick as a dog right now, I am confident that I am going to ROCK this year – and I know you will, too.

One thing a lot of people are doing right now is setting New Years Resolutions. Is this you? If so – stop! New Years Resolutions have been around for ages, but that doesn’t mean you should be setting them. If I’ve learned anything over the last few years, it’s that New Years Resolutions are no longer effective.

Simply put – they’re a waste of your time.

Goals Not Resolutions

If you want to see improvements in your life – set goals, not resolutions.


Most people set resolutions because they feel like they have to. Because everyone else is doing it. Did you know that the average person sets the exact same resolution 10 separate times without success? Also, 25% of people abandon their New Year’s Resolutions after 1 week. ONE WEEK! That’s it! And 60% of people abandon their resolutions after 6 months.


As I said, resolutions just do not work. They may have worked in the past, but they’re not helpful for us anymore.

So what do you do instead?

Set goals! I’m a huge, huge lover of setting goals. I set goals every year, in all areas of my life, including:

  • Personal
  • Marriage
  • Family
  • Financial
  • Business

You may also want to include other goals, such as fitness, nutrition, spiritual, etc.

But the key to making goal setting success is to do one very important thing – write your goals down. On paper. With a pen.

Doing this simple step increases your chance of hitting your goals by 42%!

I noticed that when I stopped setting New Year’s Resolutions, and instead focused my time and effort on setting S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-bound), I was able to accomplish many of them.

In fact, I can’t think of a single New Year’s Resolution that I’ve ever set that was accomplished. My goals, on the other hand, well, I’ve hit many of those!

If you want to have an amazing 2015, do yourself a favor and set some goals – not resolutions! If you need some inspiration, here are my 2015 goals.

Do you believe that goals are better than resolutions?


  1. Olivia

    You bet goals better than resolutions. Goals feel more specific than generalizing resolutions. Goal setting in detail has worked for me for years.
    Goals can be set at any time, starting any day while resolutions feels more like a”do or die” thing at the beginning of the year.

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