In a quick glance, the three words – goals, aspirations, resolutions – may all look and mean the same to you and to me. This is not the case at all. If you are sitting around trying to figure out what your resolutions for the New Year are going to be, you are probably setting yourself up to fail.
From Dictionary.com, I take the following definitions:
goal: the result or achievement toward which effort is directed;aim; end.
resolution: a resolve or determination
aspiration: a goal or objective desired
So, now that you can look at those three definitions side by side by side, which two are best for what you set for yourself and your life to start a new year? Hopefully, you actually follow some advice I gave last year in a post called “Goals and How to Reach Them.”
Do be sure that you set something to reach for as you look to make 2011 a fantastic year.
Do you set New Year’s resolutions? Do you set New Year’s goals? Do you check back in on these directives throughout the year or is it just lip service to a tradition?