Monday, November 30, 2015

2016 - Resolutions or Goals?

December has not even started yet, but have you started thinking about your New Year's Resolutions? Are you even making resolutions anymore? What about goals? Have you thought about your goals for next year yet? What is the difference between a resolution and a goal?
  • A resolution is “the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc. (
  • A goal is “the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.” (
If I am piecing it together correctly, one would make a resolution to achieve one’s goals.

With Hanukkah starting on December 6 running through to the 14th, then Christmas on December 25, the month is extremely busy for most people. Perhaps it is not too soon to be thinking about goals to be accomplished in 2016 and making a resolution on how to achieve them. By the time New Year’s Day comes around, a plan can be in place to start the year off right.

If one does not set goals, how does one know whether there are achievements or not? It is like taking a trip without knowing your destination. If one does have goals, but does not make a plan for achieving them, it is like driving from New York City to Los Angeles without knowing how to get there.

The time you spend answering these questions will help you to reach your goals.

  • Where would you like your life to be a year from now?
  • Why do you want to do this? Is it to improve yourself or your surroundings?
  • Who can help you to achieve the results you want?  
  • How will you accomplish this? Do you need to: buy a treadmill, register for a class, or contact a travel agent?
  • When will you take action?
  • What resolutions do you need to implement to reach your goals?
Take out your planner/calendar and make appointments with yourself over the next month to create your plan. Yes, I said “appointments,” plural. Use the brainstorming method I wrote about here as a tool to get started.

My resolutions

Now, I have only given this a little bit of thought myself, but I already have two goals to reach by the end of 2016 (where):

Read 52 books in 2016

I will read books I already own and some from the library, to reach this goal (how). I own way more than 52 books that I have not read. Secondarily, I will donate the finished books to the library for their semi-annual book sales (where, when).

This requires me to read (what) one book each week (when), which means giving up some television and a lot of video games (how). It probably means listening to more music, too, which is a positive move. (I have tinnitus, so this will block out the ringing in my head.)  I plan to do this because I like to read, it will decrease my TV watching, and it will clear out some of the clutter in my life (why).

Be able to walk a mile without stopping

My goal is to walk up Main Street in Lake Placid, New York (where) during the Christmas season to see all the window decorations (why). I will do this with my friends like we used to do as teenagers (why).

For most people, walking a mile (1609+ meters) is not a big accomplishment; for me, however, it will be huge, since even walking from room to room in my small apartment is hard. I resolve to start by walking 52 feet daily (how). If I add 52 more feet approximately every 8 days (what, when), I will get there. I will be starting physical therapy (who) on my knee and back at the end of this week, so I should be ready to get started on January 1st.