Look.  I’m not really a fan of making a new years resolution.  I think if you want to do something badly enough, why wait for the new year to start?  Why not start now? Yes yes, I know NOW is the new year but I mean why not start as soon as the idea pops in your head?

It’s almost a cop-out – you’re giving yourself until the new year to focus on your bad habits so that you can continue to indulge them for just that little bit longer.  It’s like the smoker who says, “Come January 1st I will quit for good” and then for the last 2 days of the year they pretty much chain smoke so that they can get in that last little bit of self-gratification.

Or the person who wants to lose weight who binge eats until the clock strikes midnight on the last day of the year.  If you really want to quit smoking / lose weight /  stop drinking / [insert resolution here] then why not start then and there? It’s probably because you’re not ready to do so and you haven’t really thought it out.

That being said, I’m a massive fan of goal setting and I set goals all throughout the year.  If goal setting had a concert I would totally go to it.  I would put its poster on my wall fo sho.  I like to tick off little milestones and track progress – it’s pretty much what this little blog of mine is about.

I’ve been thinking about what I want to achieve this coming year over the last few days.  What are my dreams?  What are my desires?  How will I achieve them?

I have 2 main goals for the year so far.  I will add more goals as the year goes on, no doubt, but I know myself – if I create a list with too many goals on it I will be overwhelmed and not even know where to start!  I have one health goal and one non-health goal that I will put all of my focus into right now:

– Get to my goal weight of 68kg by April 2011. I will do this by continuing my training regime and sticking to a clean, healthy diet. It’s only 5 more kilos!  Even though I don’t really like to put a time limit on weight loss I know that this goal is achievable.

– Learn to drive and be on my provisional drivers license by June 2011. I will achieve this by having at least one driving lesson per week.  Look out roads!  No seriously.  Be careful when I’m on the roads, k?

What do YOU want to achieve this year? Remember to be SMART – make your goals Specific (define what it is you want to achieve), Measureable (how will you know when the goal is achieved?  What measure will you use?), Achievable (define how the goal will be achieved), Realistic (the goal must represent what you are both able and willing to do) and TIMELY (when will the goal be achieved by?).  If you follow this approach almost any goal will become a reality!