Instead of making resolutions this New Year’s you should try making goals since you will be more likely to achieve them. Resolutions often fail and goals are more realistic. Many people make the same New Year’s Resolutions each year and end up with the same results. A couple of the top resolutions made every year is weight loss and to live healthier. Every year many people make resolutions of what they will try to do or try to avoid and they are usually forgotten after the following month or two.
As you sit and think back over the year what went right, what may not have or what you could have done differently you should also take time out to focus on your goals to prepare and move forward towards a greater more positive year. This year I am looking forward to the New Year and wondering what the New Year will bring. I must say, I have learned a lot in 2012. Every year when the New Year approaches it’s almost as if you will have a chance to wipe the board clean and start over.
It is important for us to have goals to aspire to and that is why it is important for us to create a plan of action to assist us in reaching our goals. I prefer to set goals instead of making resolutions. When I make my goals I write them down as if I’m writing a plan of action. I also include my dates or deadlines of when I want to accomplish them if they are not ongoing goals. I post them somewhere where I will see them everyday as a constant reminder of what I want to accomplish. It will help keep you focused and moving in the right direction when you see them everyday. Have you written your goals?
Everyday ordinary people who dream big dreams achieve their goals. You may have had people react negatively to your goals or dreams. You may have heard that you are dreaming too big or that you will never get what you want. Like someone really knows what’s best for you. These dream killers come in many shapes, sizes, forms or fashions from your closest family members to your best friends.
Here are a few examples of success stories:
Michael Jordan – Most people know this great athlete went on to become arguably the best basketball player of all time. He was cut from the high school basketball team and he cried.
Oprah Winfrey - Most people know Oprah as one of the richest and most successful women in the world. Oprah faced a hard road to get to that position, enduring a rough and often abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was told that she was “unfit for TV.”
Walt Disney – He was fired by a newspaper editor because; “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Disney then started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He eventually found his success when he got financing to create hugely successful theme parks and movies. Today he continues to bring in billions from his merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world.
J.K. Rowling – She was struggling financially for a number of years while raising her child alone. She was living on welfare, severely depressed, divorced and trying to attend school. She wrote all of the Harry Potter books and now she’s one of the richest people in the world. It only took her five years to accomplish this through her hard work and determination.
Sidney Poitier – Poitier was told by the casting director after his first audition, “Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?” Poitier wanted to show him that he could make it, going on to win an Oscar and becoming one of the most admired actors in the business.
Colonel Sanders – The founder of KFC started his dream at 65 years old! He got his social security check for $105 and was very upset about it. He put on his white suit and drove around knocking on doors and sleeping in his car. He had a hard time selling his famous chicken recipe. It was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.