Are you Setting Goals or Resolutions … What’s the Difference Anyway?

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Have you ever found yourself making the same New Year’s resolutions year after year, only to find that you don’t actually stick to them? Maybe you’re one of those people who sets goals, but never follows through. Maybe you’re one of those people who sets resolutions, but never follows through with them.

Let’s look at the difference between goals and resolutions. And we’ve got a few tips on how to set goals that will actually help you achieve your goals. From making your goals specific and measurable to breaking your goals down into smaller, more manageable steps, here are some ideas on how to set goals that will help you achieve your dreams. So let’s dive in and learn about the difference between goals and resolutions. It’s time to start living the positive lifestyle that you deserve!


1. The difference between setting goals and resolutions

One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that setting goals and resolutions are the same thing. Goals are very specific and should be specific to what you want to achieve.

Resolutions, on the other hand, are more general and can be anything from eating better to learning a new language.


The problem with resolutions is that they are often unfulfilled. This is because they are not specific and do not take into account what you need to do to achieve your goal.


For example, if you want to lose weight, you should set a goal of losing 10 pounds by the end of the year. This is a specific goal that you can track and achieve.


If you want to lose weight, but don’t want to set a goal and then feel disappointed if you don’t achieve it, try setting a goal of losing 2 pounds a week. This will help you track your progress and make sure you are making headway.

2. The benefits of setting goals

Setting goals is a better way to go than resolutions because goals give you something to work towards and are more motivating. Here are some of the benefits of setting goals:

-You’ll be more likely to achieve your goal because you have a plan and are working towards a specific outcome.


-You’ll be more likely to stick to your goal because you’ll have a reward for reaching it.


-You’ll be more likely to be successful because you’ll have taken the time to research what you need to know in order to achieve your goal.


-You’ll be more likely to be happy with the outcome because you’ll have taken the time to make sure it’s what you want.

3. The steps of setting goals

When it comes to setting goals, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure your goals are SMART. This stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. After you’ve determined these four factors, you’ll be in a better position to set your goals.

Next, break your goal down into smaller goals. This will make it more manageable for you and it will also encourage you to achieve each individual goal. For example, you may want to achieve the goal of losing weight but you may also want to achieve the goal of eating less at lunchtime.


In addition, it’s important to give yourself a timeline for each goal. This will help you to stay on track and to know when you’ve achieved each individual goal.


4. How to make goals achievable

Resolutions are a great way to set goals but they can be difficult to achieve. The problem with resolutions is that you often set goals that are too lofty and are not realistically possible. This can be a waste of time and energy.

A goal should be something you can actually achieve. It should be something you’re willing to work for. So when you set a goal, make sure it’s something that you’re willing to put in the time and effort to achieve.

Try these tips to move your goals along from a dream to your reality

1. Set a realistic timeline – Don’t aim to achieve your goal in a day, week, or month. Aim to achieve it within a certain period of time. This will help you stay focused and motivated.

2. Break your goal down into smaller, more manageable steps – This will also help you stay motivated.

3. Set checkpoints – Once you’ve achieved a certain milestone, set a checkpoint and reward yourself for reaching it. This will help you stay on track and keep the momentum going.

4. Set goals that are achievable – Don’t set goals that are too lofty or that are impossible to achieve. You’ll waste your time and energy and won’t be able to achieve anything.

5. Set goals that are achievable but challenging – Set goals that are challenging but still achievable. This way, you’ll be able to feel satisfied with the progress you’re making and will be motivated to keep going.

6. Set a goal and then take action – Once you’ve set a goal, take action towards achieving it. This will help you stay on track and keep the momentum going.

7. Celebrate your successes – Celebrate your successes along the way. This will help you stay positive and motivated.


5. Goals and Resolutions

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the feeling of accomplishment after hitting a goal. But it’s also important to take a step back and assess what you’ve done. This is where resolutions come in.


Resolutions are a great way to stay on track and achieve your goals, but they can also be challenging to keep. Here are a few tips to help you break resolutions without feeling defeated.


First, make sure your goal is attainable. It’s important that you don’t set yourself up for failure by setting a goal that’s too difficult to achieve.


Next, break your goal into smaller, more manageable pieces. This way, you’ll be more likely to succeed.


And finally, reward yourself for reaching your goals. This can be anything from taking a day off to going out with your friends to taking a day to relax and enjoy your accomplishments.

6. The importance of having deadlines

When setting goals and resolutions, it’s important to have a deadline. Without a deadline, it’s easy to drift and not follow through. This is especially important if you’re trying to change a habit or add some new behavior to your routine.

For example, if you want to start exercising regularly, set a goal of going for a walk every day at 7am. If you fail to meet your goal every day, you’ll likely give up and revert to your old habits. But if you set a deadline of the end of the month, you’re much more likely to follow through.

Similarly, if you want to learn how to play the guitar, set a goal of learning one new chord each week. If you miss a week, that’s one less chord to learn for the next week. And if you miss two weeks, you’re likely to give up entirely.

Setting deadlines is a great way to make sure you don’t procrastinate and actually accomplish your goals.

7. When to change goals

It’s easy to get caught up in the New Year’s resolutions frenzy and think that we need to do something major every month in order to achieve our goal. This can be a huge waste of time and energy.


Instead, set smaller, more manageable goals that you can actually achieve. This way, you’re not only more likely to meet your goal, but you’ll also get a sense of pride and satisfaction from knowing you accomplished something.


Here are a few tips to help you set achievable goals:

– Set a deadline: Don’t make the goal something you hope to achieve, make it something you’re willing to commit to. This will help you stay focused and motivated.

– Break the goal down into smaller, more manageable steps: This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.

– Make the goal public: Putting your goal out there will help you stay accountable. But only share with people who will support rather than discourage you.

– Create a plan of action: This will help you stay on track and make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to reach your goal.

-Feel free to adapt and make small changes as you go…be flexible.

8. The dangers of setting unrealistic goals

Setting goals and resolutions can be a great way to motivate yourself. However, if you don’t set realistic goals, you can easily become discouraged and lose interest in your goal.

When setting goals, make sure that you are taking into account your current level of ability and what you hope to accomplish. This will help you avoid setting unrealistic goals that you won’t be able to achieve.


For example, if you are currently working on a project that is taking up a lot of your time and energy, don’t try to complete it in one day. Break it down into smaller, more manageable goals that you can achieve.


Resolutions can be helpful as well.

Make sure that you are setting goals that you can actually achieve and not just saying them to make yourself feel better. Once you have set your goals and resolutions, make a plan of how you will achieve them and stay focused on your goal.

9. Putting it all together

Setting goals and resolutions can be a great way to start your New Year off on the right foot. However, making them work can be a bit harder than you think.


To run through the basics again, there are a few things you can do to make sure your New Year’s resolutions are successful.


The first step is to break your goal down into smaller, more manageable tasks. This will help you feel more motivated and able to stick to your goal.


Another helpful tip is to set a deadline for yourself. This will help you stay focused and motivated.


Last, make sure you reward yourself for reaching your goals. This will help you stay motivated and keep the momentum going.

10. The importance of accountability

Setting goals and resolutions can be great but often they’re not followed through with. This is due to the fact that people often don’t have any form of accountability. Often, people will set a goal but not have a plan to achieve it. This is where resolutions come in. Resolutions are exactly that- a plan with a set deadline to achieve a goal.


For example, if you want to lose weight, you might set a goal of losing 10 pounds by the end of the year. You would also create a resolution to eat healthier and exercise at least three times per week. Having a resolution gives you a tangible goal to shoot for and helps you stay accountable.


If you don’t have a resolution, then you might just end up setting a goal without any specific plan to achieve it. This can be a bit more difficult to follow through with because you’ll have no idea when or how you’ll reach your goal.



Setting goals is about having specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound objectives. Resolutions, on the other hand, are about making a commitment to yourself to change, but they are much less specific and more general. Both are important, but it’s probably better to set goals rather than resolutions to have a better chance at that success which you so richly deserve.



When’s the best time to set goals and go after them? When you’re ready. When you’re focused, and when you’re committed to seeing it through.

How do you keep yourself on target amidst the busyness and sometimes stresses and unpredictability of everyday life. Let’s share and help each other!

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About stefsvoice

Hi! I'm an American voice actress based in England. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of positive thinking, meditation and positive affirmations. I'm also a meditation/affirmations teacher on Insight Timer. That is why I started "Happy Thoughts", the Positive Affirmations and Audio stories podcast/blog. It's a quick burst of positive energy to help keep us on the right track. I've also have recorded affirmations, meditations andstories on Bandcamp - https://stefanialintonbon.bandcamp.com - for on-the go/anytime encouragement.
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