New Year, New ME!
Resolutions. Do any of you do New Years Resolutions? I have always been one to daydream and plan during this time of the year. I always have such great ideas and I know I’m going to do such a great job. However, most years, like this one, I pull out the book where I write down my goals and desires (because–we’ve all been told a million times, if you don’t write it down its just a wish and not a concrete goal) and find the same things written on the pages that I’m still struggling with.
I kid you not. The very same things. I fleshed out some goals while I was on lunch one day. When I got home, I pulled out my little notebook, excited to write my new plan only to find out that it wasn’t new. Same plan as last year, almost word for word.
So, instead, I evaluated. What had I done during the course of the past year to accomplish my goals? Had I acted on my intentions? Did I have a plan for execution or just a wish without a vehicle to accomplish the outcome? Did I revisit my goals often to monitor my progress? Was I realistic? Hmmm…….. Very interesting.
I dream. I even outlined what I “should” do to accomplish my goal in detail–but I didn’t follow up. I didn’t keep those goals in the forefront of my mind. I didn’t put the plan into action. I didn’t live my life as if those dreams would become a reality.
What a revelation. I know what to do now. Next year when I get my book out–I won’t be surprised by what I wrote down today. I will be familiar with it because I will have lived the past year incorporating new habits into my every day life in order to accomplish it.
My goals for the new year are still in draft form. I’m toying with the theme of “health” for all categories that I want to work on.
Although I don’t plan to share all of my goals in detail here, I do plan to share one category. Here’s what I’ll be building on:
And…..I have some exciting things planned that I know will find me at the end of the year crying tears of happiness because I’ve accomplished what I set out to do. I’ll share those with you soon!
Another thing that I’m realizing is how each of the categories I’m working on overlap each other. For instance, I want to save money and eat better/lose weight. If I do a good job of eating simply and healthfully and I leave the drive-thru alone, I can accomplish both goals. I’m trying to make sure I have at least one overlap from each group with another as I think it will make the accomplishment of either singular goal easier.
So, now I want to know…..are you setting goals for the new year? What are they? How do you plan to accomplish them.
2011 is going to be AMAZING!