Resolutions or Goals? Which do you prefer?

So it’s New Years Day and you might have a hangover, perhaps you were proposed to last night or perhaps you are just having a PJ day in front of the TV. Regardless of how you are spending your New Years Day I wanted to leave you with a thought and ask what have you accomplished in the last year? Are you where you want to be today? And if you aren’t happy with the way things are going, what are you going to do to make it better? After all, no one else is going to do it for you.

I read an interesting article the other day over the Christmas break called “If You Don’t Design Your Career, Someone Else Will” by Greg McKeown. In the article he talks about taking stalk of the last year and breaking it down on a month by month basis. I think what most people normally do is that they don’t realize that they don’t look back and say “How successful was I this year?” and when you do you might also realize that you actually accomplished a great deal.

Personally, I choose never to make resolutions and instead I focus on setting some goals for the next year. With that being said I’ve set a few personal goals for myself for the coming year including

1. Travel to a place I’ve never been before with my family by December 31, 2013.

2. Finish my project management courses (I have two left to complete) to get my Project Management Certificate by December 31, 2013.

3. Spend time with my daughters as they grow up over the next year doing and trying new things with them

Please note a few things about these goals that I have for myself, the first being that I limited it to the three most important goals for the next year. I also put some dates on achieving these goals. Lastly, not all goals can be time sensitive like my third goal of spending time with my daughters doing and trying different things.

I hope that everyone out there has a great New Years Day and if nothing else this blog post encourages you to set some goals for yourself in 2013!

Luc Arnold

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