Angela Dryden

Certified Life Coach

Goals or Resolutions for 2020

Goals or Resolutions? Which one will I be setting for the year and is there a difference?

I used to always put them in the same category. Resolutions and Goals are almost like peas and carrots when you are talking about the beginning of a New Year. However, this year I discovered a definition that made me realize just how different they are. The definition of a Goal: The object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. The definition of a Resolution: A firm decision to do or not to do something.

Those are two very different definitions. A goal feels to me like a “give it my best, but if I don’t make it…eh, no big deal. I can start again” kind of commitment. Whereas a resolution is exactly that; resolute commitment! It is a firm decision to do vs the ambition to try.

Which brings me to another observation…

Are you willing to feel uncomfortable? Even as I write this blog, I am completely uncomfortable. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, and trying to get my personality across to readers is truly an art form, and I have yet to even come close to accomplishing that. There will be judgment, I will be mocked, and people will notice I am an amateur blogger, at best. Yet, being willing to experience that discomfort?  Maybe that is the idea behind the change and a reason one should set a goal or a resolution.

Be willing to set your pride aside and be human. Fall, make mistakes, and set goals. Maybe it is through the goal setting that you can one day stand back and decide, “This year I am ready to set a goal and if I come up short I will set another, until one day that goal turns into a resolution, a way of life.”

I have read many times that it is through accomplishing the little things that great things are achieved. So set those goals and be prepared to grow until one day it is no longer a goal but a true resolution.


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