The festive holiday season is now behind us for another year. Now that the sugar cookies are long gone and daily routine has returned, it is time for most of us to settle in and look toward the future. New Year Resolutions seem to be on everyone’s mind as January begins, but studies have shown that most are forgotten by the middle of February.

This year, instead of thinking up resolutions that won’t have a long-term impact on your life, consider writing a goal instead. Goals, when written correctly, can bring meaning to our lives, no matter our age.

Make your goal list short and sweet
If you choose to lose weight, save more in your bank account, learn a new language, and travel to a distant country, you will likely fail. Too many goals can be overwhelming and lead to quitting. Instead of making a large list of goals, instead choose a short list of only one (or two) goals for the year. In fact, some people find great success choosing only one word to guide their year.

Make your goal fun
Most professionals will tell you that goals need to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Those are all excellent to consider, but you should also consider making your goal fun. After all, too much hard work and not enough play can get dreary quickly.

Make your goal work toward a legacy
Finally, consider making your new year goal one that will change the course of your life and legacy. Focus on kindness as well as healthy habits, generosity as well as smart saving. You will find that with regular practices of compassion and gratitude, that your goal of leaving a legacy will happen sooner than you may think.

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