The month of December is the month to be jolly for most people. To some who are serious about their lives, the most crucial thing to do before December ends is GOAL-SETTING, not merely making the resolutions. I have shared quite a great number of tips last year so this is gonna be a short GOAL-SETTING entry.

Goal setting expert explains real success lies in life plans, not in making resolutions.
“You can forget about making New Year’s Resolutions if you’re hoping for a successful outcome. Most aren’t worth the paper they’re written on,” says Vic Johnson, a leading goal setting and motivation expert.

Most New Year’s Resolutions have gone by the wayside before January is over and most won’t even be remembered six months later. And the reason is pretty simple. Most are made in response to something negative; a habit or situation that the person wants to change or end. And therein lies the problem – it’s hard to develop momentum from a negative response. It is always easier to move toward something than away from something.

Consider one of the most famous and adopted goals — weight loss.

No one can get any excited about losing weight – because in actual fact, it requires deprivation. It is a negative response to concerns about appearance, health, etc. The results of weight loss New Year’s Resolutions demonstrate their weakness. A survey was done and it was found that more than three-quarter of all women between the ages of 25 and 54 make diet and weight-loss plans each year. Nearly nine of 10 respondents reported only occasional or no success, while almost half lost little or actually gained weight instead.

“The people who succeed at losing weight and maintaining the loss have usually been motivated by a dream much bigger and more positive than just losing weight,” explains Johnson. “They see themselves living a healthy lifestyle. They begin to act and think like people who are in good physical shape. There is more of a radical change in a person’s thinking and actions than you see with most resolutions. It wouldn’t be possible to effect and sustain such a radical change unless the person is motivated by a big dream that is positive in nature.”

According to Johnson, the best goal to set is one that calls for the individual to create a plan for their life based on a set of personal dreams. Complete the plan before you get started on anything. And then begin to ACT and THINK like (your own goal e.g. one in a good physical shape or non-smoker etc.)

December is coming to an end. Before we draw the curtains for 2009 and say hello to 2010, date yourself out to a calm and peaceful place for some soul-searching.

So, what are your 2010 goals?


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