Stop Setting Goals!

Happy New Year! How did you do in 2010 with your New Year’s resolutions? It was a challenging year for many people so I thought this newsletter that we ran a year ago could be even more appropriate now than it was last time. I would love to hear your comments. Please let me know what you think!

Fewer than 2 percent of the people who make New Year’s resolutions actually achieve them, so why would you waste a minute setting them? The true reason is that it gives you hope that the next 12 months will be better than the last. If you have ever set the same goal year after year, why don’t you just stop the insanity? Stop setting goals and start taking the initiative through personal responsibility. Here are the top nine goals people set and that 98 percent of those people are never going to come close to achieving.

1. Lose Weight

Don’t join a gym because the only exercise you will get is writing out the check. My suggestion? Invest in a Wii Fit Plus. It’s fun, and the games at least get you moving more than you did last year. And yes, you do have time. Try http://micurl.com/jrsCA

2. Budget

Label envelopes with your budgeted necessities such as rent, food, utilities and so on. Cash your paycheck and fill the envelopes first. Make a list of all the debt you owe and the consequences that will happen if these payments are not made. Get more plastic—debit cards only. Try http://micurl.com/ozElF

3. Debt Reduction

Add up your debt. Determine a date when you want the debt retired and gone. Divide the debt by the number of months, weeks or days. I recommend weeks. Yes, this is difficult, but you should also calculate what you are paying in interest. You are throwing your hard-earned money to someone else. Try http://micurl.com/BqEfi

4. More Quality Time with Family & Friends

You must consciously decide every day to work actively and purposely at improving your family situation. Block time in your calendar and treat this time as importantly as you do the time in an essential business meeting. Try reading this book: http://micurl.com/qzgip

5. Find A Soul Mate

Romance is alive and well as more people are looking for that special someone. You must stay open and flexible. But be true to yourself. Insist on one ground rule: Stay open to each other’s passions. Try http://micurl.com/vflFk

6. Quit Smoking

Becoming a nonsmoker is probably one of the best decisions you can ever make, and is a life-changing as well as a life-saving decision. The resolution to become a nonsmoker will also help you to live longer and enjoy the finer things in life. Need help? Try http://www.smoking-cessation.org/

7. Find a Better Job

To begin achieving this goal, examine whether your current career path matches your core interests, beliefs, values, needs and skills. Resolve to ask and answer those essential questions before making any new career changes. Even in this economy, companies are still hiring and promoting. Try reading this book (and yes, it’s mine): http://micurl.com/hfedo

8. Learn Something New

A lifelong learning framework encompasses learning throughout the life cycle, from cradle to grave and in different learning environments: formal, nonformal and informal. Just focus on improving your skills 10 minutes a week! It’s probably more than you do now. Try http://micurl.com/ByiuD

9. Volunteer and Help Others

Resolve to replace the pursuit of success and materialism with the pursuit of contribution and generosity. For this to occur, the critical question is: “What can I contribute that will significantly impact other people’s lives?” By focusing on what we can contribute, we automatically become successful. Try http://micurl.com/xDuys

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