Happy New Year to every lover of Becca Diaries, you mean the world to me. Learn to set goal, not resolutions.

It’s 2020

The much-anticipated year. Do you still remember the phrase, ‘vison 2020?’. Do let me know in the comment section, what it means to you.

Today, I suggest you set Goals, not Resolutions

Resolutions are decisions to turn a new leaf while Goals are more ambition-specific and clearly thought out decisions for a greater result.

Personally, I have done a few new year resolutions which haven’t worked for me in the past – Goals do better.
Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with making New Year’s resolutions, but we mostly do not take them seriously, because of the very shallow method involved.

Mostly, people are involved in making resolutions because a lot of people around them are making same. You will see things such as;

Get fit / lose weight

Reduce drinking / stop smoking

Get out of debt

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Sleep less

These resolutions are often tied around things (habits) we were doing or not, and wish to reverse. They are not properly planned out, therefore, not realistic in achieving. Sometimes, I wonder how people intend to change their habits completely from the first day of a new year, because expectations are set so high that most people do not accomplish them.

Goals are tied to your overall life’s vision and not a particular year alone. They are well crafted and followed, through baby steps which will then lead into the bigger picture.

Once you key into setting goals, it will be connected and continuous, never detached from each other or sound like you’re erasing your whole life to start afresh like resolutions feel.

If you say each year is an opportunity to start all over, what about each month, week and day? So, why not roll your life into one progressive vehicle which can restart at any point instead of restarting at the beginning of each earth’s rotation around the sun.

Dear lovers of Becca Diaries, our next post will be about setting specific goals. Don’t miss it.

In the meantime, make up your mind to do better this Year. Happy New Year. Do have a great day!


Rebecca Maulome Padonu is an enthusiastic writer with a soft spot for factions. A RubyWrites 2016 finalist. She has completed several freelance writing projects, including BBC Media Action’s Drama series, Story Story (series 32 & 33).


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