Got resolutions? What’s your resolve to make them a reality? (Part 1 of 3)

New Year's Eve Parties are almost here

Well, we almost have another year in the books. Where did the last one go? How did you GROW in the last 360+ days?

Did you accomplish all you wanted? Did you make your numbers? Did you achieve your goals?

As we approach the New Year, you will undoubtedly hear about New Year resolutions and maybe someone will ask you about yours. My recommendation, don’t bother making any New Year resolutions! They never pan out anyway. Get rid of them now.

Resolutions are nothing more than talk show filler.

New Year’s resolutions are a way of telling yourself that there’s something you want to achieve. So, why is it then that so many resolutions are never achieved?

Planning. Or I should say lack of planning is why most resolutions are never achieved. The person is not serious enough to make it happen. Most resolutions are like a wish. The person is really hoping the wish comes true without having to do anything.

Guess what? Hopes, wishes, and resolutions all fall into the same category, failure.

Here are three hard questions you need to ask yourself as you begin to plan for 2012:

1. What are my strengths?

2. How might I better utilize my strengths toward achieving my goals in 2012?

3. Am I willing to complete goal planning to achieve my goals?

Taking these three steps is critical to achieving success, regardless of the goal. For example, if your goal is “lose weight” or better yet “lose 20 pounds”, maybe you should look to the factors creating this need:

• I eat the wrong foods
• I eat on the run
• I eat too much fast food
• I eat late at night
• My diet has too much soda or chips
• I eat too much food at one sitting
• I eat all day long
• I never exercise

These are obstacles to achieving your goal. How will you overcome these obstacles? What strengths or natural talents might you use to help you achieve these goals? Then, you must create a written plan to overcome the obstacles.

If you are interested in learning more about your strengths, then complete the ADVanced Insights Profile at:

You will receive a comprehensive look at your natural talents, including why you are motivated to use them and how you prefer to use them.

Then, check back later this week for Part 2 of 3 about creating written Goal Planning Worksheets.


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About davegregory

Dave Gregory, Chief Learning Officer for Inspired Performance Solutions, Inc., believes in the power of the strengths movement. During the past 15 years, Dave managed the Learning Solutions activities of Qwest’s Mass Markets Group, including call centers, retail stores, indirect retail, e-business, collections, alternative markets and the small business teams. Mr. Gregory graduated from Creighton University’s School of Law in 1993 earning a Juris Doctor. He completed his undergraduate education receiving a BSBA with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1990. Mr. Gregory has more than 25 years experience in business development and consulting.

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