For some strange reason, the end of the year brings out the beast in us – the need to make the next year even better than the current year. Nothing wrong with that, it's called progress!
The usual reason many of us can't follow up on our promise of a better new year is that the reasons why we wanted the goals were really weak to begin with. In other words, there was no compelling reason to achieve the goals. Think about this, the reasons why is the fuel that propels you forward, and is the engine inside your heart and mind. So if your fuel and engine are weak then of course your goals are doomed for failure!
So instead of only setting fancy "stretch" goals that are SMART (Specific-Motivational-Achievable-Realistic-Time bound) it's imperative and crucial to rev up your engine by giving your goals super strong reasons why you need and want it in the first place.
For example, if one of your 2011 goals is to start a volunteer group to build homes for the poor, include a powerful reason why. Here's how it can look.
By June 1st 2011, I will start a volunteer group to build homes for the poor because it gives me satisfaction, joy and meaning in my life that's so much more satisfying than just working in my 9 to 5 job. When I do this, I will see the amazing happiness in the faces of the people, which far outweighs the challenges I'll face when I start this project next week. (I'm sure you notice the emotional words that give your goal a solid push! This is far better than saying" I have to do this because the poor people need it")
Here's another example. Let's say you've wanted to change jobs for the last 12 months because you don't like your present job, the boss is mean, and the working conditions poor, but you've been afraid to quit because of the uncertainties you'll face finding a new job. Here's how you can add energy to your goal just by giving it positive reasons why.
By the end of February 2011 I would have quit my current job because staying here is giving me unnecessary stress and pain. I will actively search for a position that satisfies my minimum salary needs and gives me the potential to grow. Salary and growth are critical in my life as it gives me a sense of respect that I'm valued for my efforts, it makes me feel wanted, it brings me recognition of who I am. (Respect and recognition is the fuel in this example and when it's put as the main reason why – things fly!)
Remember, for every dream you have, for every goal you set - make it come to life with a solid, compelling and personal reasonwhy and you will get there!