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2015 comes to a close and it is the first day to 2016. A new year always brings excitement and fear all at once.
I’m excited because a new year makes you think of new beginnings and letting go of the past. We start setting goals about getting stronger and eating healthier, and we all feel like we can get a jump start on the new year.
One thing is that only about 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year’s Resolution. I feel that one of the reasons is that people who look to goal setting are really setting long term tasks to finish other than actually setting long term goals. What’s the difference between a long term task and a long term goal?
A long term task is something that you can give a breath of relief when it’s done. An example is paying off your credit card debt. Tasks are not motivating to your soul, and you don’t find any joy in the journey. You will ultimately find relief from completing the project.
A long term goal on another hand is something that you will always strive to achieve, and in the process it will give you joy while on the road to attaining it. For instance, instead of paying off your debt, the ultimate goal is to be financially free, or not having to worry about money in retirement. Goals are activities where it causes you to continually grow.
Margee Kerr Ph.D. wrote an article on Psychology today on “Forget New Year’s Resolutions” says that saying that you might want to focus on why you were awesome and what you feared in 2015 to jump start 2015.
Here is a list of questions from her article. I challenge you to be awesome this year.