New Year’s Resolutions: Part 2

What motivates you? Finding the answer to that question will help you in the second part of setting goals for the new year.

Incentives are huge when working toward your goals. If there’s no reward at the end of all the time and effort you are investing into something, then there is no purpose. If you don’t have purpose then you won’t find the passion you need to dedicate yourself to reaching your goals.

In the first part of my New Year’s Resolution blog, I asked you to think of some goals you would like to reach and how you can make the time to reach them. Now that you have done this, you can ask yourself – what is the purpose behind the goals I’m setting?

Maybe you’d like to lose some weight. Or perhaps you liked to run your first marathon. Or finish your first novel. Whatever your goals are in this new year may be, you have to ask yourself why you want to accomplish these goals. Is it so you feel better about yourself? Is it so you can quit a job you don’t like? Is it to meet new people and make new friends? Goals can be small or large and thus rewards and incentives will be small or large. Maybe you want to make an effort to be more romantic with your partner or spend more time with your children. Some pay outs will be long term and the effects will hopefully grow and last a long time. If you want to get off the couch and run your first race, then you have a very specific, time-sensitive incentive of a race date.

I’m not saying all goals are the same, nor do I profess to be an expert in all goals people want to set for themselves, but I do know that if you want to meet your goals the effort has to start with YOU. Don’t look to others to help you fulfill your goals. Sure there will hopefully be friends, family and loved ones who stand by your side as you invest your time and energy to meeting your goals, but these are YOUR goals and thus you are the only one who can truly meet them. Intrinsic motivation outweighs extrinsic prizes.

What motivates you to meet your goals? What incentives or rewards are there while you work toward your goal and once you reach it?

Coming up: New Year’s Resolution: Part 3

  1. I like to keep a journal or a spreadsheet because tracking my progress motivates me.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Enjoying these resolution posts. I’m not a big one for New Year’s resolutions, but this year my goal is to be better organized. I think it’s going to be mandatory since this year promises to be extra busy.

    • Being organized is a good goal! You definitely will have more on your plate with your new book release but that’s a good thing! 🙂

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