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Resolutions

3 Jan

For 2008, I am keeping my resolutions goals simple. One of the blogs that I read daily is ZenHabits and the author recommends setting goals rather than resolutions. There wasn’t much I could find to disagree with in his post. In years past, I have categorized my life and then set goals for each category. The resulting scattering of my attention meant that nothing got done or at least not done well.

I am a firm believer in the power of saying something to make it so.

I learned that lesson when my husband and I decided to move to Boulder Creek. It meant a lifestyle change that we both wanted — and had wanted for 10 years without doing anything to move us in that direction. But, we finally faced that goal, embraced it and said it outloud. And, within a few months, we’d sold our house and were moving. We made it happen — we didn’t even have to set mini-goals along the way to achieve the big goal incrementally. Sometimes just saying a goal turns it into an unstoppable juggernaut.

It happened again when I decided to go back to school and become a teacher. I was sure that Greg would be opposed — after all, it would mean a long, long delay in my bringing in any real money to our family. It would mean a ton of compromise for him and our children while I was fractured and divided and torn between loyalties. But, when I told him it was what I wanted to do, he didn’t hesitate — and we made it happen.

I don’t have anything that big in my life right now but I do have a few goals that I would like to accomplish this year so I am going to say those goals right out loud before God and everyone and then work on building habits to support those goals.

Goal #1 — lose my excess weight.

Habit #1 — take a daily walk.

Goal #2 — simplify my life.

Habit #2 — spend 1/2 hour a week decluttering my house.

Goal #3 — take time for me.

Habit #3 — start wearing makeup everyday.

All of these are things that I’ve really been focusing on in a low key way since September (teachers and kids get TWO New Years to reassess and start over each year). But, I haven’t said them outloud and I haven’t made them happen consistently.

The weight loss thing is something I’ve been working on for the last 3 years. I have had great progress — 32 lbs lost. But, I have a long way to go toward being healthy. The funny thing is that recently, I hit a weight I haven’t seen in nearly 20 years and all of a sudden the compliments started pouring in — suddenly, there was a noticeable change. So, the motivation is there and I need to capitalize on it.

Simplifying my life is something I always strive towards but being overloaded makes that difficult. When we moved to Boulder Creek, we literally had a dumpster come to our old house and we filled it — twice. Then, we started an intense declutter campaign when we’d been in this house about a year. Life was good. But, it’s gotten out of hand again and we need to focus on it. We’re going to do some major remodeling this year and will likely have someone coming in to clean the house so it would be really, really good to get some of the clutter out of the way so that we can focus on storing what’s important to us.

The last goal is something that I really know I need to do. I am the kind of woman who puts everyone else first and myself last and I look like it. I don’t dress well. I don’t wear makeup — and haven’t for YEARS — on a regular basis. I don’t make my own personal care a priority. And, that needs to change. The fact is, I feel better when I take good care of myself so I need to make more of an effort to do so. Enough said.

You can see how I’m doing — should you be even remotely interested. I’m using a site called Joe’s Goals to help me track my progress toward building these habits. A little accountability is a good thing!

So, that’s my plan for 2006. I will be doing more to achieve these goals but I also know that if I plan on doing too much and don’t hit those marks, I’ll feel like a failure. These are important goals with achievable steps. And, I’ll feel pretty darn good about myself if I’m getting them done. So, go me!

What are YOU making your focus in 2008?