Ok, I’m betting many of your made resolutions, even if they were in the form of “this year I hope to …”. Right? Something new, something rolled over from last year, something big, something small. Whatever it is, you’ve either tackled it gleefully, or are eyeing it suspiciously from a distance. Resolutions/shmezolutions, I’m not too fond of them! They ARE handy ways to focus on something new however, and the new year is a great, fresh, wide-open vantage point to tackle them from!
A few tips …
- First off, make sure it’s something you really WANT to do, not something that some vestige of guilt is goading you into!
- Allow yourself a truly clean slate. If you haven’t started, start now! Don’t guilt yourself about what you haven’t done in the past.
- Make sure it’s a clearly defined goal. The coach in me can’t stress that enough. Make it specific, measurable, and manageable. Want to lose weight? How many pounds? How? Run a 5k? When? Where? How much training do you need?
- Did you pick a big goal? Break it down … no task should have more than 2 aspects to it, preferrably one. Lose 5 pounds. Run 5 minutes a day. Make it attainable, or you’ll lose your motivation really quickly!
- Document it. Write it down, tell a friend, or better yet find a support group or accountability partner. Hint: this really helps the commitment factor!
Need a bit more of a kick in the rear for a particularly big project? Check out an old Shaking the Grapevine article on Focus and Effort here.
My goal for the year? To get out of the city! I love NYC but the time has really come, and I believe this is the year. I’m not caring a whole lot at this point where we go, but I want to be gone by September. Apparently I’m resigned to what it will take, and determined to make it happen … I heard that from an old friend last night as we talked for the first time in months, and she pointed out that my voice had changed a lot in that direction :).
Did you make a resolution this year? What was it? Do tell!
(ps, get ready for a quiche recipe tomorrow, mmmmmm!)