The Time to Set Goals is Now, Not Just Because it’s a New Year

The Time to set Goals is now, Not just because it’s a New Year

A quick drive past the gym recently made it very clear to me that many people use the New Year as a reason to make goals for themselves. Notice that I admit that I was only driving past the gym and not working out myself?

I was on my way to a date with a Chipotle Burrito Bowl with extra rice, cheese, and sour cream. That being said, I am not here to judge the countless people who buy their gym membership January 2nd and then never return.

According to statistics given by The University of Scranton, 45% of Americans usually make New Years resolutions. The percentage of those who sometimes make resolutions is 17%. Out of this combined 62% of Americans who may have made New Years resolutions, only 8% are successful in achieving their goals.

I don’t like those odds! My point is that NOW is the time to focus on where you want to be tomorrow, next month, next year, and so on… but not because it’s a new year.

If you aren’t setting personal goals then don’t be surprised if you don’t move forward this next year. More importantly than that is if you have the desire to improve your life and self then do it for you.

So when is the time to start setting goals? NOW!

What motivation should you use to stick to those goals? YOU and YOUR FUTURE.

Let’s start by answering these questions:

  1. Where do you want to be in 5 years?
  2. What has to be true for this to happen?
  3. Working backwards, what needs to happen this next year to get you closer to where you want to be?
  4. Six months?
  5. One month?
  6. Today?

There are plenty of sayings out there that have something to do with a long journey starting with the first step. Insert your preferred analogy and just know that TODAY is the first step. Now let me ask again and I would love to hear your answer… Where do you want to be in 5 years?