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Goals and New Year’s Resolutions: What’s the Difference?

December 11, 2020 2 min read

Goals and New Year’s Resolutions: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to goals vs New Year’s resolutions, which one should you use? Or could you use both? There are key differences between both, though they do go hand-in-hand with each other. Let’s take a look at their differences first.

Goals and New Year’s Resolutions: Key Differences to Know About

At the start of each year, we are bombarded with people telling you to set and then asking you what your New Year’s resolutions are. They are silent when it comes to goal setting though, which is a bit strange as they are actually interrelated. So, I thought it was time to look at the specific differences between goals and New Year’s resolutions.

What are New Year’s Resolutions?

Resolutions are the beginning stages of goal setting. It’s the decision you make when you decide you want to do something and will make it happen. It’s about making an intention to meet a want, need, wish or desire in your life. You are in fact deciding to solve a problem in your life and making a firm resolution. A resolution has no end point, such as “I will eat healthier” or “I want to lose weight,” and requires long term changes.

What are Goals?

Goals are the end product or result of what you want to achieve. It’s the target you are working towards and can be for both short and long periods. You will know when you have achieved your goal and it will have a specific timeframe for you to work within. Your goals are the activities you will do while you are working to achieve your resolutions. Without goals, resolutions are most likely to be unmet. Examples of goals include “I will lose 5kg by eating less over the next 6 months” or “I will run a marathon by the end of the year.”

How Goals and New Year’s Resolutions Are Interrelated

New Year’s resolutions are known to have a considerably high failure rate. It’s not that the person didn’t want to achieve their resolution, but rather that it was something that was too big or took too long to achieve, so they gave up.
I believe that when it comes to goals and New Year’s resolutions, that they are both valid tools and should be used together, not separately.

They go hand-in-hand with one another because the resolution is the overall theme of the direction you want to take in your life, which is the first part of the goal setting process. The goals you create to help you work towards a resolution help break your journey into small steps that you can check in on regularly to help you remain on track. Therefore, they’re partners that work together and shouldn’t be separated.

Some great tools to help you achieve your goals and ultimately your resolutions are my 90 day goal planner. It'll help you record specific details and keep motivated to make your dreams a reality!


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