What’s Your Resolve? How to Achieve Your Goals

Some of us don’t bother with either resolutions or goals. We go about our days and do what absolutely has to be done – sometimes at the last minute, sometimes too late – and leave the rest for later (or someone else).

Some of us set goals – like quitting smoking, joining a new exercise program or eating a healthier diet but just can’t get started. Sometimes we start off great but get sidelined by unexpected obstacles.

A few have been successful at meeting many of the goals they have set. The first two keys to their success are (1) motivation (They chose the right goals for themselves – what they cared about) and (2) planning (They achieved a number of incremental goals. You can’t get to the peak of the mountain in one giant leap. Each step will bring you closer, and each step closer increases your confidence and sense of achievement).

Next: The Keys to Success & Achieving Your Positive Potential


About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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3 Responses to What’s Your Resolve? How to Achieve Your Goals

  1. Great post on goal attainment. Here are several tips my family counseling parents have found helpful. Only pick one goal at a time and make it successful by achieving 50% of what you really want to achieve. Instead of 10 pounds weight loss in a month, start with five pounds. Establish a motivating accountability plan with rewards for two months. (Most people stick with a plan for only three weeks. Make the plan a habit by doing the plan for two months.) Make out a weekly plan with exercise times and check off the times when completed. Modify as needed for success. And keep checking off your success for two months. Successful goal attainment is one of life’s most satisfying experiences.

    • Great strategies, Gary! Thanks!

      • In all our relationships, most of us could do better at listening.
        And when we ourselves are stressed, we listen even less.

        Doctors can easily get onto a stressful treadmill and treat every patient while they themselves are in crisis mode. They then become more focused on problems and less on the patient’s and parent’s experiences and concerns.

        This doesn’t excuse a physician for being dismissive. It highlights the need for physicians to manage their stress levels and reactions in order to better attend to their patients’ needs.

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