Resolutions, No; Goals, You Betcha
Let’s start with some definitions from Oxford Dictionaries online:
Goal: the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
When we think about these two words, “resolution” feels very in-the-moment to me. Making a resolution means we decide something; we resolve to do it. “Goal,” on the other hand, has forward motion. It gives us something to aim toward, especially if we set goals that are SMART.
Just in case you aren’t aware, the SMART acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. I am particularly fond of the time-bound aspect because I am very deadline-driven and I tend to be a concrete thinker. Time-bound includes specific dates for completion, periods of performance, and/or frequency of performance.
For example, my goal to create this newsletter is time-bound in that I want to issue it twice each month (frequency), on the first and third Tuesday (date). Do I hit those dates every time? Well, almost. But if I didn’t set time parameters that help me achieve the goal, issuing my newsletter could be very hit-and-miss. If I only resolve (decide) to create a newsletter this year, I am not attaching anything to that decision to move it forward.
So that’s why I like goals instead of resolutions, for the most part.
How about you? Did you choose resolutions or goals for your team or your organization this year?