Many people make fun of New Year’s resolutions. Not me. I’m a fan.  Of course, I don’t always refer to them as resolutions.  I call them goals.

Today is the last day of the year. On December 31st of every year, I print my resolutions/goals for the upcoming year.  Then, I make several copies and post them in highly visible locations.  For example, I always have a copy on my desk.  Sometimes, I will tape them to the top of my desk.  This kills the temptation to file my goals away.

Years ago, I listened to a talk by Zig Ziglar.  This one, in fact.  I listened to it over and over again.  Eventually, the cassette tapes wore out.  These days, it’s free on YouTube:

Mr. Ziglar stated that if you actually wrote the goals down… you would eventually hit 80% of your goals.

I wanted to see if it would work.  So, I tested the theory on myself.   It worked.

Some of my goals were one-year goals.  Some were five-year goals.  And, some were ten-year goals.  I started about ten years ago.  It worked.  Today, I have hit about 80% of my goals.

If it sounds as though I am boasting, I am.  I am boasting about the power of goal-setting.

Take some time today to listen to Mr. Ziglar’s talk.

Then, instead of laughing at new year’s resolutions, why not take some time today to make some?  Why not take some time to dream?  Why not take action?  Why not improve yourself?  Why not set out to accomplish something you have always wanted to accomplish.

You will likely not hit 100% of your goals.  That’s okay.  Isn’t half a loaf of bread better than no loaf at all?

Have a Happy New Year, my friends!

Dwane Thomas’ Tip of the Week, December 31, 2016