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Are You Suffering From Resolution Fatigue? How to Stay on Track in 2011

Author: Karen VanNess
Published: January 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Lots of people have already lapsed on their New Years’ goals. How are you doing?

It’s estimated that, by the middle of February, 78% of people have thrown in the towel on their resolutions.

Would you like to know how to stack the deck in your favor, so you have a better than average chance of achieving your goals? Then read on. Here are five key principles for taking a more realistic, and potentially more successful, approach to setting and achieving your most important goals.progress

(1) Understand – up front - what will be required to hit your goal. Think through the time, effort, likely (and unlikely but still possible, even probable) distractions that will interfere. Be realistic about what it will take to reach your goal. Then, decide up front that you are willing to pay the price.

(2)  Pick one primary goal to focus on. You can have three, five, even 10 goals for the year… but choose one you really want to focus on. How to choose? Think about your most important goals, what you want to do, be or have by the end of this year. Or consider a goal that supports and feeds into a longer term goal that is important to you.

Here’s an approach I have used with great success: Choose the one goal you can work on this year that, if achieved, would make the most profound difference in your life. It could be a health goal, such as losing weight. It could be a financial goal, like increasing your net worth. Don’t choose one you “think you should” choose. Usually, the one goal that is truly most important to you is the one that you feel the most emotion about, the one that resonates with you when you think about achieving it.

If you are emotional about something, it means you truly want it. And this emotion, this passion will make it easier for you to continue working towards your goal, even when the initial enthusiasm fades – as it surely will.

Focusing on one goal allows you to marshal your energies, concentration and focus. If you have too many goals, you may end up dissipating your energy, time and resources trying to get them all done.

Here’s the cool part: even though you are focusing on your most important goal, you will find that the energy and effort and success from this one goal will spill over into your other goals. The other areas of your life will improve too.

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Article Author: Karen VanNess

Karen Van Ness is a certified fitness trainer (CFT) with many years of experience in the areas of fitness and health, wellness, and personal development principles. She has been active in athletics for most of her life and a devotee of the martial arts since childhood. …

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