Developing Resolve: how to achieve your goals

Hello friends, it’s another beautiful day to be alive! Hope your year is up and running. As I conclude my posts on goals, it is imperative to look at some roadblocks to achieving your goal and how developing resolve can help you overcome them. The aim is to ensure that we are able to achieve the goals that we set out for our selves at the start of the year.

Our world today is fast paced, it is filled with challenges and a good dose of distractions ranging from work related activities, lifestyle and hobbies. As a matter of fact, the moment you surmount a challenge another one pops up! Likewise, you don’t need to step out of the comfort of your home visiting bars, parties or hangouts to be distracted, distractions come to you right in the comfort of your home these days through the internet, cable tv, social media, etc (all these things I have listed are actually remarkable inventions in themselves and come along with countless benefits). However, a lack of control and resolve has allowed seemingly harmless recreational tools to hijack our focus and left many goals unattended to.

A large number of people set out goals and make resolutions at the beginning of each NEW YEAR only to abandon them a couple of weeks down the year. Sounds familiar, right! We’ve all found our selves wondering how the entire year just went by and we just couldn’t place our hands on tangible achievements and all. Just a small percentage of folks ever go through with their goals to the point of achieving them.

The question is: why has only a small number of individuals been able to actualize their goals to the point of where they yield tangible results? THE ANSWER IS RESOLVE or a lack of it.

To have a RESOLVE is to decide firmly on a course of action. It is to take a decision and eliminate all other alternatives. A person with a RESOLVE is an individual with a made up mind, such a person develops and maintains a strong determination to do something.

A resolve acts as a filter to trap distractions and keep them at bay while at the same time acting as a buffer against discouragement, challenges and oppositions that threaten to scuttle one’s goals.

For illustration purpose, an obese and overweight individual who has set out physical health and fitness goals will need RESOLVE to engage in an improved dietary lifestyle, and exercise/fitness regimes that will help him or her achieve their goals. Resolve also helps such an individual to anticipate and block out distractions from sumptuous and tempting meals/delicacies as well as over the counter drinks by helping them focus on the benefits of achieving their goal such as being healthy, slim, and feeling more confident about their looks, etc. This same approach is required whether your goal is to embark on a project, acquire a new skill, read up a specific number of books, save up a specific sum of money, maintain a better work-life balance, and so on.

In essence, a resolve will help you:

  1. Keep focus on a goal no matter what.
  2. Climb over a wall, bore a hole through it, or pull it down if it stands as a barrier to your goal.
  3. Eliminate second-rate alternatives to your desired goal.
  4. Stay accountable to your goal.

Now let’s look at some roadblocks to achieving your goals and how developing resolve can help you overcome them.


  1. Distractions: this is anything that takes your attention away from your objectives and goals. It results in an inability to focus on a task and see it through to the desired end.
  2. Procrastination: no matter the clarity and beauty of your goals, you won’t be able to accomplish much if you keep postponing to a future date a course of action that you need to take today. Procrastination feeds off excuses and throws away the need for goals to be time bound.
  3. Lack Of Information: a lack of required information and knowledge needed to overcome obstacles when they do arise can hinder the progress of a project or objective.
  4. Lack Of Accountability: accountability requires that you take 100% responsibility for achieving your goals and for taking the necessary course of actions. A lack of accountability results in failure to take responsibility. This in turn prevents goals from being achieved.

FInally, let’s look at how we can develop a resolve towards achieving our goals.


  1. Make honest decision. Have clear goals and decide on what you really want to achieve.
  2. Be passionate about your goals. True passion for something serves as a fuel thst drives you on even in the face of adversity.
  3. Gather appropriate information in the area of your goal. Nothing in life is completely new, most of what we have are constant improvements. Research on people who have embarked on similar projects and take stock of their successes and failures. Learn from their outcomes.
  4. Remove distracting influences from your pathway. They may be certain locations, lifestyle choices, hobbies, even individuals.
  5. Deal with procrastination by taking prompt action. Always set goals with a time frame.
  6. Finally, deal with limiting beliefs. You are only as efficient as your belief system. Develop an ‘I KNOW I CAN‘ belief.

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Do have a fantastic weekend!

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