The other morning The Today show featured a story on New Year’s resolutions. It highlighted how most people don’t follow through with their resolutions and how most people are unable to keep them for more than a month. The reporter then added that her “resolution” was to learn some Spanish. I was surprised that a national reporter would confuse a resolution with a goal.
It bothered me that a something like that would not only clear editing and production on a national news program, but that it would be featured. Generally I think people miss represent the term resolution. A resolution is the act of resolving to make a change to a pattern or habit in your life, like drinking less soda or exercising more. A goal is completing a task or trying a new thing. They are distinctly different.
I am a goal person this time of year. If there is something I would like to change by making a resolution I just tend to do that whenever I feel it is necessary. I like to look at life positively and goals help me do that. Resolutions remind me that I have habits or behaviors that I don’t like. By setting goals I move forward through life completing tasks and trying new things instead of dwelling on issues. Last year I wrote about my goals for 2012 and I have to say I did pretty well. I didn’t complete them all, but I made considerable headway.
So — are you a resolution person or a goal setter? Do you make them and keep them?