3 Reasons Why You Should Set Goals Over Resolutions

3 reasons to set goals over resolutions

Did you set New Year’s Resolutions this year? I usually do, but this year I’m skipping the resolutions and going straight to Goal Setting. Our lives are so busy. Do you ever feel like you’re losing sight of what your passions and priorities are. We are living FULL lives, but having too much on our plates can leave us overwhelmed, worn out and passionless.

When I find myself doing things because I’ve always done them or because I think they are expected of me, I find that I’ve lost sight of my creativity and direction. I recognize that sometimes setting goals actually requires dropping things. We don’t even realize we are so busy going through the motions we stopped dreaming.

If you thought setting goals was about MORE of something. Stop. Setting goals is about focus, getting organized and re-prioritizing. Don’t add more, do more, be more. Instead refocus. You don’t have to say yes to everything. You don’t have to do it all. Feel free to drop a few things this year.

Here are my top three motivating reasons why I set goals. 

3 reasons why you should set goals over resolutions:

1. Purpose – Goals help you live intentionally. When we make goals they give us clear objectives and take us beyond hoping to actual achievement.

Be intentional with your goals to live with purpose.

Set goals to prioritize the important things. If you know what you’re working towards you can make better informed choices to meet your goals. Living a life with purpose means figuring out the things that mean the most to you and pursuing those things. What are you passion about?

2. Direction – Goals not only give you direction, they give you a destination. You need a point to work towards. Think of your goals as your mapped out route to success. Goals not only keep you organized they keep you on track. You can live life passively letting time go by or you can be intentional about where you are headed. Now is the time to start thinking ahead and come up with a plan.

3. Accomplishment – When you set goals and focus in on your passions it enables you to translate what you love into something you can share with others. Coming up with goals means narrowing in on what you want to accomplish. For example if I say I want to improve as a blogger I set goals that are centered around stretching myself in the blog world. (We’ll touch more on this in part two of this series)

Why do you set goals? Do you set goals? Let us in on your thoughts in the comment section below!

Julia is blogging over at Hello Lovely The Blog for the next three weeks so be sure to visit to read Why Julia Sets Goals.

xoxo Naomi

3 reasons to set goals over resolutions

11 Comment

  1. Agreed, there is real value in goal setting. Resolutions really get lost in the shuffle.

    Keep up the great work here and live unstoppable!

  2. Thank you Naomi, this is so true and these reasons are so valuable!

    1. Naomi K Andrews says: Reply

      You’re welcome! Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. Erika says: Reply

    I totally agree with this! Setting goals rather than resolutions make them way more actionable!

    1. Naomi K Andrews says: Reply

      Thanks Erika! I think so too, I’m much more motivated by goals than resolutions.

  4. absolutely agree with you!!!! it’s all about those attainable and measurable goals! my husband and i are all about that goal setting. i used to sort of roll my eyes at it until the past few years when i actually started setting goals and then achieving them 🙂

    1. Naomi K Andrews says: Reply

      Hey Chelsea! That’s awesome. It’s so rewarding when you meet your goals. 🙂

  5. Kacey says: Reply

    Totally agree! I definitely have set some goals for myself for the year and achievable goals which I think is so important. Love the post, thanks for sharing.

    Kacey xx – The Tortoiseshell Glasses

    1. Naomi K Andrews says: Reply

      Thanks Kasey! Absolutely, achievable goals are so important!

  6. I’m so with you on this! I sat down with my trusty planner this year and wrote a few specific goals for the year with a general timeframe, while focusing on just one particular theme (self-discipline for me!). Seems like we think alike 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

    1. Naomi K Andrews says: Reply

      Gina I love that! And your hobby to business post was such an inspiration to me. Self-discipline is huge! That’s awesome.

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