Resolution vs. Goal

Resolution vs. Goal

New Years 2009Are you a resolution person or a goal setter?

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?

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  1. I am a goal setter too! It is the only way for me! Happy New Year! Found you on the BBC FB Link 🙂

  2. Goal setter here, too. I think it’s a change we’ve been seeing across the board, and I like it! :>

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  3. I am a goal setter as well. Love your goals! I am so behind on photobooks for my family…I mean REALLY behind! I have a feeling I’ll have to just give my kids external hard drives of digital photos when they leave the nest and say “Enjoy!”. I think I’ll draft up goals for myself today. Thanks for the inspiration! Best wishes!

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  4. Such a good point. I am a goal person, too. One of best girlfriends always brings goal sheets on our Jan. girly girl getaways, and it is great to map out plans for the year. 🙂 Stopping by from SITS Sharefest on Twitter.

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