Resolutions vs. Long Term Goals – New Year, New You


The turn of a new year is always a time to look at our lives with fresh eyes, a time to make plans for the future and reflect on the past.  This is why so many people make News Year’s resolutions but why do a whopping 88% of people fail to carry these resolutions beyond February?  Should we be looking at setting long term goals instead?

Among the many reasons people fail are:

  • Wanting a quick fix, treating a marathon like a sprint
  • Not believing in themselves
  • Procrastination – too much thinking and not enough doing
  • Not tracking progress

I’m sure we can all identify with having at least one of these reasons ruining our best laid plans!?!

So, let’s take a look at goal setting. Here at the National Careers Service we help people look at, and set, realistic long term goals. We break that Marathon down into small sprints, or gentle jogs or even a short stroll; whatever it takes for a person to feel in control, have the ability to track progress and, the most important event, make it over the final winning line!

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. – Pablo Picasso

Having a system, or an action plan, or devising a process to achieve the short term goals, will always make the large goal less of a struggle.  Sharing this process with another person is also a way to double the chances of success.

At Career Line headquarters we are great believers in making that goal SMART;

S – Specific

M – Measurable and motivational

A – Achievable

R – Realistic

T – Timely and trackable

So for those of you dreaming of a New You in this New Year, perhaps a new career or new learning goals, I do hope I have whetted your appetite. Remember to dream big, but most of all think about that marathon as something YOU can conquer and achieve!

If you would like to discuss this further and start devising a plan of action please call our friendly team on 0800 100 900, who are more than happy to keep you on track!

-Lisa, Careers Adviser


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