Around this time of year, it is not uncommon to hear people discussing how new year’s resolutions/goals are pointless and are often never achieved.  Take into consideration though, the fact that the vast majority of truly successful people not only set goals, but more importantly, they achieve them.

So the question becomes, what’s so different about the successful person’s goal versus the average person’s goal that makes it more likely to be accomplished?  Here are a few comparisons between how these two types of people think about a goal, that may help you better frame the goals you set this year:

Time Frame:
Average Person: “I would like to start taking classes again sometime this year if things go in my favor.”
Successful Person: “I will be enrolled in classes by the Summer semester or sooner if possible.”

Action List:
Average Person: “I have a general idea of the things that I need to do to go back to school.”
Successful Person: “First I will need to apply at the college on their website before January 22nd, then I need to have the transcripts sent in no later than February 12th.

Reasons for Setting the Goal:
Average Person: “I’v been meaning to start taking classes again and it would look good on my resume.”
Successful Person: “1. Having a degree wiill make me more valuable in the marketplace.  2.  It will set a good example to my kids on how strongly I value education, and possibly encourage them to work harder in school.  3. I will have more self-confidence after achieving this milestone and knowing that with hard work and consistency I am able to reach my goals.”

If you wish to do some in-depth goal setting, I recommend you look into programs offered by Jim Rohn, Darren Hardy, and countless other individuals, that really do an excellent job of making you analyze your current situation and identify the steps you need to take to reach your goals.

I’ll leave you with this bit of encouragement:

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” -Jim Rohn