Yearly Resolutions are Worthless

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance in Louisville, Colorado

Happy New Year!  Today we are waking up from a long night of partying and ringing in the new year.  Can you believe it?  It's 2011.  Wow! 

It's our custom to think about and set new year resolutions for ourselves.  Some examples are:  I need to lose 10 lbs, stop smoking, start exercising on a regular basis, get to work everyday by 9am at the latest, be a better Mother, be a better Father, save more money for the college fund, or just be happy.

I was chatting with my wife today and she suggested we need to look out 10 years with our resolutions and goals.  And I thought to myself this is a great idea.

I look back 10 years ago from where I was to where I am today:  I got married in the past decade, we had two daughters, I changed careers from Corporate Sales into Real Estate, we bought and renovated our current house, and we traveled a bit but not enough. 

So today I am going to take the time and effort to put together a 10 year resolution plan for myself.  Where do I see myself in 10 years?  How will my career path go?  What special projects will I have accomplished by then?  Travel?  Personal Development?  Personal enlightenment?  Health Goals?   Which college will my oldest daughter be attending in 2021? 

Pretty big questions, but worthwhile for me consider this New Year's Weekend.

Happy New Year to all of you!

The Peak

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Mario Jannatpour

RE/MAX Alliance     www.MoveToColo.com/ 

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  1. Dawn Crawley 01/01/2011 03:05 PM
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Rob D. Shepherd
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The one about going to the gym amuses me. Our gym is packed Jan 2nd and by Feb 2nd its just us regulars.

Jan 01, 2011 07:42 PM #11
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Excellent advice.  It is important to map out where you are going so that your goals match up with where you want to take your life.

Jan 01, 2011 07:47 PM #12
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Don and I sit down every 5 years and write down where we want to be in 5 years.. It's our umbrella 5 year plan.  Then on a yearly basis, we do a evaluation and annual planning to make the over all goal easier to accomplish.  Sometimes we have to adjust the umbrella plan.

I do enjoy New Year's Resolutions though.. what else are you going to do on that day?? :)

Jan 01, 2011 08:05 PM #13
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Don and I sit down every 5 years and write down where we want to be in 5 years.. It's our umbrella 5 year plan.  Then on a yearly basis, we do a evaluation and annual planning to make the over all goal easier to accomplish.  Sometimes we have to adjust the umbrella plan.

I do enjoy New Year's Resolutions though.. what else are you going to do on that day?? :)

Jan 01, 2011 08:05 PM #14
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I like the idea of a long-term plan instead of something major to be done in a year.  I wrote a blog yesterday that said people would be better off making small changes, not major resolutions.  I'd say that fits in nicely with what you've posted here.

Jan 01, 2011 08:38 PM #15
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Most resolutions are worthless because they usually address symptoms and not core problems. Solve a core problem and 10 or 20 symptoms disappear.

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I am not a fan of resolutions myself.. I have made resolution after resolution every year and and each year is another disappointment so no resolutions this year except just do what I can to accomplish past goals.

Jan 01, 2011 09:06 PM #17
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Goals can help one achieve many things. Of course if one doesn't work on their goals, they could me useless.

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I always revise goals (not resolutions) in September.  Seems like a better time to me than waiting until I'm 10 pounds heavier and coming off the chaos of the holidays. 

Jan 01, 2011 09:13 PM #19
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The otehr direction we need to go is shorter...  If you want to lose 10 pounds, what are you going to do every day to make that happen? If you want to grow your business in 10 years, what are you going to have to do tomorrow?

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I like your idea about looking 10 years out and then drilling down from there. It makes sense because the actions we take this year will impact where we are in 10 years. Happy New Year, Mario!

Jan 02, 2011 12:00 AM #21
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Interesting twist on resolutions ! I have longer term resolutions for my financial future, but not for other goals, I'll have to look into this concept.  I like it :o)

Jan 02, 2011 12:07 AM #22
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Mario:  I have decided that my New Year's Resolution is that I am NOT going to make any New Year's Resolutions.  Ooops... well, that didn't last very long.  Darn !

Ten years sounds great.  Perhaps One Day At A Time might be better for some.

Jan 02, 2011 12:36 AM #23
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Good analysis,

Very true though, I beleive is the small resolutions we make each year that gets us through our main goal. This is probably why the 10 year plan is the best to go about it.

Happy New Year to you!!!

Michael B. Nugent, Corona-Ca.

Jan 02, 2011 01:08 AM #24
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Mario, looking 10 years into the future makes sense for certain things, like financial planning. I'm getting to a stage of life where a 10 year future is a complete unknown, so maybe I'll set the goal for 5 years and see how that goes

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I believe more in creating a game plan setting goals and making things happen. Tracking progress excites me. Good luck

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So many posts about new year resolutions. . 

Everyone has an opinion. . 

This year I elected to follow the direction of someone that I know his words counts

Someone who is living proof of what he preaches it works!

Do yourself a huge favor. . and follow this guy. .he will change your life

I'm determined to living my best life in 2011 and beyond

Darren Hardy

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Mario, we often don't go beyond short term planning. I like your idea for long term planning as a road map to our future. Thanks for the reminder.

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I saw a joke on facebook from someone who said they were going to open a new guy / bar this year. The gym would be open the first 2 weeks and then the bar for the next 50 weeks.

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10 and 50 year plans are not uncommon in Asia. Look at what quarterly goals do to US businesses. They keep losing the war to win the battles. 

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