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Goal Setting Tips for the New Year

By Rachel Lewis

Goal Setting Tips for the New YearA New Year brings new beginnings, fresh starts, and many New Year’s resolutions. People choose this time to set new goals and plans for the next year. With the time of New Year’s resolutions upon us, I encourage you to reflect on the past, the present, and to prepare for a bigger and brighter future.

Unfortunately, most New Year’s resolutions fail due to the lack of planning and turning them into actions. Habits are hard to change especially without a plan, and without reinforcement. Goal setting, also known as resolution making, is a skill that really isn’t being taught anymore, so we have come up with some quick tips to get you started:

1.    Pick a resolution that means something to you. Don’t just choose something for the sake of having one. Choose something that will fit with your values and definitions of success rather than something someone else may tell you. The more meaningful the resolution is to you, the more likely you will be to really stick to it.

2.    Be very specific when you make your goal. It needs to be measurable and attainable. Set times for your goal. For example, instead of saying that you want to get better grades, say that you will study at 5:30 for two hours each day. Write it in a way that will help you create a plan for achieving your goal.

3.    Once you have your specific resolution, create a plan in smaller steps that will help you attain it. Smaller steps seem less daunting and also inspire a feeling of confidence in yourself once they are completed.

4.    Be prepared to change your habits. While working on your resolution, you may find that you need to change how you do things, especially if you have habits that will sabotage your goal. Evaluate your life and find habits that may cause your resolution to fail. You can then actively work to change those habits and instill new ones to keep your resolution going. Remember that it takes 21 days to create a new habit, and that changing a habit loop can take even longer.

5.    Tell someone who will hold you accountable to your goal. Choose someone who will help support you throughout working toward your resolution and not someone who will naysay or tear you down.

Dream Bigger and Achieve More
This is the year to dream bigger and achieve more. You can make sure that happens by really thinking through your resolutions and sticking to the plan you create. Another great idea is to make a resolution with a friend so that you can both achieve your goals while holding the other person responsible.

Please email us at if you have any questions or comments about the best way to create a New Years’ resolution.

Happy New Year!

Rachel Lewis
Rachel Lewis graduated with honors from the University of Kansas in just three and a half years in December, 2010, and has already written a book and started her second business.  She has been interviewed by the New York Times, USA Today, Fox Business and has been cited in an article in Forbes on successful businesses. She has worked with students from middle school through college helping with goal setting, confidence building, study skills, and getting ready for “the real world.” She launched Success Skills Weekly with her mother and brother to assist students with critical skills that are needed for success, but not being taught anywhere. Rachel is a member of the Junior League of Kansas City, and was selected as a Belle of the American Royal in 2011 and has been an active volunteer for the BOTAR and the American Royal organizations. She is also the Head Cheer Coach at her high school alma mater.


If you would like more information about a success skills program for your middle school, high school or college age student, please visit,  email Rachel directly at or call 1-877-872-5019.

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