Do you have a massive New Year’s resolution list? Many people fail at their resolutions because they’re too big, too vague, or they don’t really want to do them in the first place. Simply ask yourself, “If I could improve just one area of my life that would make the biggest difference for me, what would that be?” It should be something that’s meaningful and achievable. Most importantly, it must be something you truly WANT to do or change. Write it down in the form of, “I want to….” You fill in the rest. Look at it. Say it out loud. Does it feel right? Consider your one thing to work on until you feel EXCITED about it.

Make your area of focus into a goal statement
Goal statements give us a way to measure our progress in achieving what we say we’ll do. In your work, you’ve probably had to write goals that are used to evaluate your job performance. You’re going to do a similar exercise here as a way for you to know if you’re making progress on your one area of focus.

Here’s the really important thing about doing this exercise: you have to really believe in and OWN your statement. You may have had the experience at your job of having a goal written for you that you have no real interest in. How likely is it that you’ll achieve it? Not much.

Give your goal emotional payoff
This is your own precious goal you’re setting for yourself. Nobody else has to read it and you’re the only one you’re accountable to. There are three things that are important in this goal statement. First, state what positive emotion you’ll get from working on this goal. After all, if you aren’t going to feel better in some way by working on this, why do it? This is how this goal writing is different from the goal setting at work. This is more personal. This is the reason you truly want to set this as your focus and why you believe in this goal. Use words that really describe your payoff feelings such as joy, fun, empower, balance, success, achievement and love.

Make it measurable and time specific
Next, clearly define what you’re going to do and the date by which you’ll do it. These three elements together give you a complete goal statement you can believe in. Here are a few examples of what a statement might look like for some common areas in your life:

Goal statement examples
• I will reduce my financial stress by saving 10% more by December 31.
• I will feel comfortable and joyous about my body by losing 10 pounds by March 31.
• I will feel empowered about my career by earning a professional certification by June 30.
• I will add more fun and balance to my life by taking a two week vacation by September 30.
• I will enjoy more loving time with my partner by having a date night each week this month.

Start your year by focusing on this one area that you’re excited about and will make a significant difference in your life. Have a great 2016!.

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