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New Year, New Goals?


We are about a week into 2018 and I’m curious as to how your New Year’s Resolution(s) are coming along?  Did you make any?  Typically, I don’t make resolutions but this year I did…well sort of!  Keep reading to understand what I mean…


For many years, I didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution and here’s why:  no one ever goes through with them!  Well maybe that’s a little extreme to say but most people really don’t.


Did you know that only 39% of people in their 20s achieve their resolutions each year?  And that number continues to decrease with age!  According to a study done by The University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, by the time you are in your fifties only 14% of people achieve their resolution goals each year.  I found this article, by MaryEllen Tribby, when researching stats on, “Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work”.  The author makes some really great points but I would ask you to consider this:  How about setting a goal instead of a resolution?  First, let’s identify what the difference is.  Here is the definition of “resolution”, according to


And the definition of a goal, according to is:

So why not consider setting a goal; working toward something in which you are directing effort?  That has an end in sight?  Typically, very firm resolutions are extremely challenging.  And when we stumble, even just a little bit, we tend to give up.  If we set and work towards a goal, even when we stumble, with the right process in place, we can get up and keep moving.


When you set a goal for yourself, there are two major factors to consider:


  • Is your goal the “right” goal for you?
  • Did you develop a plan to achieve your goal(s)?


As an iPEC life coach, I have been trained to use the “AIM SMART” process with my clients.  Together we can help you set goals that are realistic, which is very important.


A – Acceptable – what is the minimum you can do?

I – Ideal – what is the maximum you can do?

M – Middle – what is in the middle; a realistic stretch?


After we have identified the goal you will AIM for, then you follow the SMART process:


S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R – Reasonable

T – Time-oriented


Have you tried the “AIM SMART” process before?  How did it go for you?


I mentioned that I “sort of” made a resolution this year.  The reason I said that was because I made a goal instead of a resolution (I actually made several goals but I’ll save that for a future blog).  My goal for 2018 is to make more of an effort to keep in touch with family and close friends.  This is a goal that is “right” for me and I developed a plan using the “AIM SMART” process.  I should also mention that this goal is one that is tied to my heart.  Creating and MAINTAINING relationships is very important to me.  I will keep you posted on how it goes!


So let me ask you this:  If you could pick one goal that, when achieved, would have a huge impact on your life what would it be?  I would love to hear about it and how I may be able to help you achieve it.  Feel free to send me an email at or reach out to me via my Facebook page.  I look forward to it!


Sending Joy,




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