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Why Annual Goals Don’t Work

It is estimated that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions and/or annual goals are abandoned within the first three months. That’s a big number. But, you aren’t surprised, are you? I mean, seriously, how many times have you set the same New Year’s Resolution for five consecutive years? Maybe we need to try a different approach to goal setting. I’ve been thinking a lot about this and I have a proposal. Instead of annual goals, let’s focus on micro-goals or goals that take from 30-90 days to accomplish. Before you get all “I could never accomplish my goals in 90 days!” hear me out.

Our attention spans are getting shorter by the nanosecond. Focusing on one goal for an entire year is boring and difficult to remain focused on. However, if you could break that goal down into four micro-goals, it puts a greater sense of urgency on the issue and it’s more likely you can maintain focus on the goal.

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Here’s how this might look. Instead of an annual goal of losing 30 lbs., you create a micro-goal of losing four lbs. over the next 30 days. While having a goal of losing 30 lbs. can feel both overwhelming or easy to procrastinate until October, the micro-goal of losing four pounds in the next 30 days is both urgent, easily doable, and does not allow much room to be put off. The following month you might created another micro goal to maintain the 4 lb. loss and lose 2 more lbs. (because you have a vacation this month and don’t want to have to lose during the vacation). You get the idea.

This can be applied to any type of goal – financial, professional, physical, spiritual, etc.

By narrowing your focus and creating a sense of urgency, the likelihood of accomplishment is exponentially increased!

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