1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made.
2. a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.
1. The purpose toward which an endeavor is directed; an objective.
In the past, I have made many resolutions come the first of the new year. Too, too many to remember or list. Some have stuck and even more did not. In the past, I have set many goals at all different times in my life. They usually have to do with drinking, eating, or moving physically. I can honestly say I usually attain the goals I set for myself. So, this gets me thinking why is it easier to set a "goal" than make a "resolution"? Well, a resolution is a "formal expression of intention." A goal is "an objective." If I don't make my objective, maybe it's easier to swallow than not following through with something I formally expressed I intended to do. Could that be it? Say I have a goal of finishing a half marathon in under two hours. I come in at 2:05. Shucks! I didn't make my goal. Oh, shoot. Well, maybe next time, huh? On the other hand, if I formally express that I intend to finish a half marathon in under two hours, I think that puts more pressure on myself. And if I don't make it? Oh! Gasp! I made a resolution at the beginning of the year that I was going to do it this year. Now what? I can't make another resolution, can I? But if I had a goal, I could always make a new goal tomorrow. I know some people that do not make resolutions every year because they know they can't keep them, or they just think it's a lame thing to do. It appears "goals" is the new "resolutions", just like "Happy Holidays" has replaced "Happy Thanksgiving" and "Merry Christmas".
I am not afraid of failure. I am not afraid of change. I am not afraid of a challenge.
I formally express at this time, I intend to set many objectives for myself in this new year.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Resolutions vs. Goals