New Year’s Resolutions are stupid. I could stop right there and you’d know how we feel about this topic, but you’d miss the point of today’s post. The reason New Year’s Resolutions are dumb is because they don’t work. How do I know this? Well, just about every news story from December 28th – January 2nd or so will have something to do with how to keep New Year’s Resolutions and the rest of the stories in that time frame will be about how no one actually keeps them.
Now that I’ve unashamedly bashed New Year’s Resolutions, let’s talk about resolutions that actually DO work. These are maybe better referred to as goals. When I wrote about setting savings goals a while back I shared the concept of S.M.A.R.T. Goals:
The core reason New Year’s Resolutions don’t work is because they aren’t REAL goals. Real goals meet all the criteria I mentioned above. This is a normal New Year’s Resolution: “I want to lose 30 pounds.” – By when? How? Another may sound like this: “I am going to start saving.” – How much? How? For what purpose? Where?
See what I mean? Just because you flip the calendar to a new year doesn’t mean you will stick to resolutions. Want to know how you can really set goals and stick to them? Watch the video…
See, it’s that simple. There’s nothing wrong with setting goals, and even beginning them on January 1st. The difference in whether or not they’ll work is up to you, not the calendar.