Jan 6, 2014 1:57 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

A new year: A new intention

With the New Year, many people set resolutions like getting more fit, but what about relationship and career goals? KSBY sat down with a communication coach, who has some tips on how to set an intention for the next year and obtain what you want.

"First of all, who are you?" said Roshini Rajkumar. "Don't try to do someone else's resolution."

Resolutions are posted all over social media, but on average only 10% of Americans follow through.

"Let's say, it's 2014, I want to make more money. What do you want to make? Set a number. Have a goal for what's next," explained Rajkumar.

She said have a stretch goal and a realistic one, then you and your employer can come to a middle ground.

"Maybe it's not more money. How about a paid conference or more vacation time? It doesn't happen overnight, so I like to put it on paper, said Rajkumar.

She said it could be a three month plan or a six month plan. Break down the goal into bite size pieces.

"What am I going to do in January that gets me to that end result?" she explained.

This can be used for relationship goals too.

"Go back to, what do I want? If I want to play the field and I meet someone who wants to get married, then that is not the person for you, so be honest and be open from the beginning," explained Rajkumar.

She uses the formula IAP for goal setting.

"The "I" is intent, the "A" is for audience analysis and the "P" is powerful performance," said Rajkumar. "Intent, what is my intent for this endeavor? Know who the audience is, so then the P, the powerful performance, you can communicate in words that are authentic to you, but will also hit home with who that audience member is."

When you accomplish your goal or even parts of it, celebrate -- it's a victory.

If you would like to read more about Rajkumar's formula, check out her new book, "Communicate That!"



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