New Year’s Goals

Ever started out your year by saying something along the lines of “I resolve to…”?  How long is it before you have gone astray or given up on the resolution?  I know I have more times than I can count!  Why is that?  Because a resolution is different from a commitment.  A commitment is backed up by a goal and plan of action of how to accomplish the goal.  That is why the title of this entry is New Year’s Goals and not resolutions.  And this can apply to goals related to photography, modeling, business, relationship, or any other area of your life.

Never set concrete goals before?  Well from what I have learned over the years (through books, experience, and success of others) is that a goal is made up of the following:

  • A clearly defined statement of intent – What are you going to do?  Be specific.
  • A plan of action – Workable, achievable, incremental steps in the process.  You can’t eat an elephant all at once, right?
  • A timeline – Goals have dates attached to them.  When will you accomplish it by?  How long will it take you?  Or will you dedicate a specific period of time daily toward that activity.
  • Accountability – If you have a goal and don’t share it with anyone, it is easy to slip back into your old ways.  God knows I have gone astray on this one many many times.  Let’s face it though, most of us are not accountable by nature so let someone help you.
  • A reward – Let’s face it, none of us do ANYTHING without a real motivating reason to do it.  Small rewards along the way help to keep us moving but something big at the end helps too.  But it really has to be things that will get you moving.  I have rewards set for this things I HAVE to get done this weekend for example.  And I had to think as long and hard about the rewards that would motivate me as I did what I needed to get done.

Goals can be hard to set and hard to achieve, but unless you are in the race, you can’t. Helps to have some people cheering for you too like these kids have. Click to see larger. Photo by Scott Dietz

Need more help with goal setting?  I highly recommend the following books (by the way, you will never hear me recommend a book that I have not already read):

Magic of Thinking Big – by David Schwartz

Great book about thinking outside of the current box you are thinking in…like the saying goes, “Insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.”  Also great insights into the 3 failure diseases that stop someone from accomplishing their goals.

Success:  The Glenn Bland Method – by Glenn Bland

Great strategies for goal setting for success in any area of your life.

Who Are You Really and What Do You Want? – Shad Helmstetter

Helps you identify what you want and how to structure and create plans of action for your goals.  Very hands on approach and very well done.  A good one to refer back to and read over the years.

Next post:  Interview with Danielle Bouchette, photographer for ModCloth.com!!

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