Let’s call them goals instead of resolutions

The TakeawayMonday morning I caught the end of a piece about New Year’s resolutions on The Takeaway, a syndicated radio show produced at our NPR affiliate, WNYC.

We’re joined by our family contributor Ylonda Caviness, longtime family and parenting journalist and mother of three, along with Andrea Price, mother of two; both discuss meaningful New Year’s resolutions (or “goals,” as Price likes to call them) we can make for our family.

The part of that story I really liked was when Andrea Price described resolutions as goals, in part because that makes any progress toward the intention positive, rather than making it feel like a failure if you don’t make it 100 percent of the way there.

If you learn better by hearing than by reading, or if your office is a little quiet this week and you’d like the audio file to keep you company, click here for a 6 minute story on New Year’s goals.

And as a bonus, here’s a New Year’s resolution story The Takeaway did last year: The science behind keeping (and breaking) New Year’s resolutions

The Takeaway’s science contributor Jonah Lehrer joins the show to tell us why our brain actually prevents us from changing everything at once.

(I found it while I was searching for this week’s piece so you get a two-for-one deal.)

Are you setting goals for 2010? Would you feel good about making it 80 percent of the way to your goal? How about 50 percent?

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10 replies

  1. Yes…my goals are already in motion as of Today! I like being ahead of myself ha ha. I take the Mind over Matter approach. Hey, that’s the name of my business so it is part of my matrix.
    My main goal is to take more ACTION. I tend to flounder sometimes. Just blogged it. take a peek.

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