Michelle Singletary
Washington Post columnist

Michelle Singletary

Her Post column, "The Color of Money," is syndicated in more than 100 newspapers; her new book, "The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom" will be available in January.

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Maybe the moon

Q: Why do most people abandon their New Year's resolutions so quickly? How much of a role does goal-setting play in achieving success? What are the most effective resolutions you have made?

I like bars.

I like reaching for the things that I want. In many respects, setting the bar high -- whether through a New Year's resolution or a goal -- helps me succeed.

Why?

Because, as the saying goes, if you reach for the moon and miss, at least you are still among the stars.

I often reach and I often fail to grab the bar. But at least I'm reaching. All the successful people set bars as a way to push themselves to be better.

The thing is, if you are going to make a resolution or set a bar, you need a plan laying out how to achieve that goal. A goal without a plan is like a rowboat without oars. You're in the water but you can push forward.

So go head and reach. Set some goals. Make some New Year's resolutions. But be sure you know what you want and how to get it.


By Michelle Singletary  |  December 31, 2009; 1:35 AM ET  | Category:  resolutions Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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