I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, I SET NEW YEAR’S GOALS!                                                                   – Terry Thompson

Every year around the end of the year you begin making New Year’s resolutions.   You are highly motivated that this is going to be your best year ever and you are finally going to do all those things you have been putting off for an entire year.  You are going to be shocked, but I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  I SET NEW YEAR’S GOALS.  Then, I continuously monitor, evaluate, and adjust them as necessary to achieve the goal I have set for myself; and you can do the same.

You have goals, right?  Things you want to accomplish.  Hopes and dreams that keep you awake at night consuming your every thought.  That is a good thing and perfectly normal. Everyone has things they desire in life.  Ranging from a new job, financial security, and more time with family, a new house or vehicle, a promotion, and the many things that can be attained in life.

Before you get all crazy with your thoughts, there is one important aspect of setting goals that you must do before you take any further action.  That thing is create a list.  That’s right, create a list of the goals you want to achieve.

The number one reason why it is so important to write things down into a set of goals list is that “If it’s not planned, it won’t get done” – Michael Hyatt. You need a list of goals and the sooner you write them down the more clarity you will have on what you need to get done. But it don’t end there. After you write down your goal, you need to have action items that will get you from point A to B and continue to conduct a check on progress along the way. If you need to re-evaluate, make changes to, or add to your list of goals, that is fine.

The next best thing you can do aside from having a list is have a goal partner you can share your list with, possibly join you in collaboration with accomplishing things on that list, and to hold you accountable.  By having a goal partner you can share your vision, have someone that will partner beside you in order to hold you accountable by consistently checking on your progress, keeping you motivated, and to brainstorm with for good ideas.

Goal lists will keep you organized, on track, and must be integrated in your daily life or you won’t work on getting things done, or even worse, you will forget the things that need to be done.  Another thing you should identify is want versus need.  There are things that you want to accomplish and things you need to accomplish.  Don’t get the two confused as you could easily distort your Bottom Line Up Front when you do.

Below are some tips that will help you set goals, track them, and accomplish them

  • Write down your goals in a simple to-do list with further elaboration as needed
  • Have a goal partner to help keep you focused, and someone to bounce ideas with
  • Be careful when bouncing around from goal to goal as you could lose focus
  • Accomplish small things and give yourself little rewards along the way to keep you motivated
  • Determine what outside resources you will need to further progress your success
  • If you have a setback, don’t let that determine your future progress.  Identify what went wrong, fix the mistakes, and continue pressing forward with the right action to accomplish what you set out to. Don’t quit.


The key to goal setting is to identify things that are important to your life success.  Don’t be afraid to set high goals and even higher standards to achieve them.  If you don’t dream big and take action to accomplish those goals, I guarantee someone else out there is working just as hard if not harder to achieve the same goals you are.  If you take the action steps in this article you will be on your way to achieving success beyond your imagination, but you must be intentional about your actions.

If you want to learn more then, get my ABSOLUTELY FREE book “How To Live Your Best Year Ever in 2018” and I will teach you 10 action items you need to do every day to make this your best year ever.