Happy 2013 from Young Einstein!

Greetings from Young Einstein!

Thank you for being with us – whether in the recent years, or long ago from when we began in 2004. (Wow, it has been 9 incredible years!)   It has been, and always will be, our mission to equip students with the right tools to succeed.   For our students: We hope that, in our time together during the tutorials, we have brought you a little closer to your goals.

Here’s to wishing you an amazing 2013!

 

SETTING 2013 STRAIGHT WITH YOUR GOALS AND DREAMS

There’s nothing better than a fresh start!  When you enter as a freshman in high school or college, you begin a new chapter in your life, a clean slate.  It’s the same thing with starting your 2013.

Goals vs. Resolutions: What is the Difference?

A goal is something that you want to achieve – like “I want to join a triathlon” or “I want to read all three of the Lord of the Rings books.”  (Plus, The Hobbit, of course!)  According to The Happiness Project1, a goal is specific, it’s easy to tell when you are done with it.  Once you’ve reached a goal, you are finished with it.  If you have joined a triathlon, then you are finished with the goal.  On the other hand, a resolution is something that you resolve to do, every day, for the rest of your life – like “Eat less sweets and junk” or “Exercise 3x a week”.  With a resolution, you decide and agree to do it for the rest of your life.

According to one blog site, www.notsoskinnygenes.com2, “A goal allows for a little wiggle room”, whereas “A resolution implies an all or nothing scenario”.  With a goal, you can have mini-achievements, whereas with a resolution, it is like a contract with the universe that we would not want to break.

So, which one is better to have – a goal or a resolution?  In my view, a resolution can be turned into a goal.  For example, if you resolve to “eat less sweets and junk”, make it specific and make it time-bound: how about, say, “I will eat only eat a thin slice of chocolate cake once a week”?  Now that is a goal.  Another resolution is “I resolve to exercise”.  Revising it a bit, how about “I will jog in UP (or in your village or any place near you) three times a week, for 30 minutes”?  And then, when you can already achieve these, change these goals to make them more challenging.

In the end, what are important are your PASSION to change for the better, and your DETERMINATION to make it happen.

Just as Dr. Seuss said in his book Oh, The Places You’ll Go!3,

…you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So… get on your way!

 

***    Coming soon on our site this week: Goal-setting tips for 2013!    ***

 

 

References

1The Happiness Project http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2008/04/happiness-shoul/

2Not So Skinny Genes http://notsoskinnygenes.com/2013/01/03/goals-vs-resolutions/

3Seuss, Dr.  Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Random House, New York. C 1990.

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