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  • Writer's pictureKara Chatham

Goals AND Resolutions

Updated: Jul 25, 2019

Here we are a week in to a new year and you may or may not still be going strong with your “New Years Resolutions”. Personally, I didn’t set out to make any that are meant to last for the whole year.

Sure I have goals for my year, but I don’t look at them as being year long resolutions. To me, year long goals are daunting and carry more weight than a month to month goal. I also feel like I can set more monthly goals than I can have year long resolutions.

Because year long resolutions, to me, feel like you’re locking yourself into a certain way of achieving said goal/resolution. Where setting a goal for one month gives a certain kind of illusion that you can modify how you achieve it or even terminate the goal entirely if it’s not working for you. So I set my goals for the month and reassess them at the end of the month.

But what’s the difference between a goal and a resolution?

Resolution: a firm decision to do or not do something

Goal: the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result

When you break it down, resolutions are associated with life change (ie. typically exercise more or cut back on sweets) where goals are associated with achievements (ie. scoring points or writing a novel). But we use the words synonymously so often that those distinctions are no longer there. Even the definitions blur the lines a little; but when I did a little research, most posts had this distinction in them.

So with that difference in mind, I could get behind a resolution of respecting others regardless of if they respect you. But I’m definitely going to try to stick to my goals as well, because both ideas can help move your life in the direction of change.

What are some goals that you have for yourself this month? Did you set any resolutions this year?

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