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Day 2 | 7-Day Challenge Goal Setting with Dr. Lawana R. Lofton Jacaranda_EN-US1488287097


It’s April 2016, and New Year’s celebrations have long come and gone.  If you are one of the countless millions who set New Year’s resolutions, or someone who sets periodic short-term personal or professional goals throughout the year to improve your quality of life, then this 7-Day Challenge is for you.

Over the course of our 7-Days together we will work on a challenge to get you going.


We’ll work together on a recommended set of skills for goal setting and implementation.  I set April  as the start of this 7-Day Challenge because it’s a good time between now and July where most statistically give up on their New Year’s Resolution Goal.

This is a 7-Day Challenge exercise on Goal Setting for those who ask the questions regarding what they “want” to do well beyond the final New Year’s Eve fireworks end, and gain support for their implementation well beyond July.

It is estimated 45% of Americans usually set New Year’s Resolutions according to the website Statistics Brain.  The scope of resolutions made range from Self Improvement or Education related, Weight Loss or Fitness, Improving Finances, and Relationship related resolutions were cited as most popular types of resolutions.  On their Top 10 List lose weight is number one for 2015.


Top 10 2015 New Year’s  Resolutions most wish to achieve in  2016

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6.  Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quite Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family


On December 31, 2015, another expert was on national television outlining the latest statistics on New Year’s Resolution failures.

36% Quit  New Year’s Resolutions by end of January.

56% Quit by end of July.

New York Times Columnist John Tierney

Last year for forecasting 2016 predictions, was an expert on nationally broadcasted CBS NEWS This Morning, John Tierney.  He is the co-author of the best-selling book, “Willpower,” and writes a column in the New York Times Newspaper’s Science section titled “Findings.”  Tierney stressed the importance of setting very specific goals and monitoring their progress to become successful in accomplishing goals.

I thought to myself  “these are not great statistics” he has laid out during his CBS News interview.   And, these statistics are from those people who take the time to usually make resolutions each year.  Not great outcomes.   What about the rest who never make year-end resolutions?  Are they setting individual goals at all, or for that matter tracking their success rates?

I wondered what type of success rates they are having with their short-term or long-term personal and professional goals outside of the hype of New Year’s.

Then, I thought of No.8 on the Top 10 List I researched……”Help Others in Their Dreams.

Because I like to help others, I thought I would organize this challenge.

I hope you will participate at a time that is convenient for you.

It’s 100% online.

It’s Super Simple to participate.  Just complete a Goal Setting Form daily, and for Days 1 – 7   follow  my blog http://www.lrlofton.wordpress.com for discussion, community support, comments, brainstorming help, questions, feedback, share progress on goal set, as well as obstacles if any.

Now is the time to get going!   Plus, it feels good to set goals and know you can accomplish them.   It’s time to get going on 2016 goals and projects you may have been procrastinating on.

Gaining support for these efforts is always helpful.  No one would deny this.


When you have a community of supportive, compassionate but tough force behind you holding you accountable to the goals you state are important, usually provides the collective motivation to keep you on track.

[FORM in Pdf ]   Here’s the 7-Day Challenge Goal Setting Form


::::   Until Next Time:  à Donf   ::::

Dr Lawana R Lofton, PsyDDr. Lawana R. Lofton, PsyD –    Psychologist with one simple goal of making concepts of psychology accessible.

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