My new calendar for 2012 has and interesting space on the January page for a list of family goals for the upcoming year. That little notation got me thinking about the differences between making New Year’s resolutions and setting goals for the New Year.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a resolution kind of person. Resolving to make changes in your life can be vague and a little like a horoscope. It’s all in the interpretation. Resolving to lose weight, to get organized, or to eat healthier are great ideas. However, those vague resolutions can be easily realized by skipping dessert for a week, filing a few papers to clear the clutter on the desk, or eating a salad instead of French fries with your heart-attack-in-a-paper-wrapper hamburger. And when minimal effort brings minimal results, the resolutions are forgotten.
Realistic, concrete goals bring results. Instead of resolving to read your Bible more this year, how about setting a goal to read through the entire Bible in a year? Is it realistic? Absolutely! Do you have any idea how many reading plans are available to help you do just that? Is it concrete? Can you measure your progress? You betcha!
I have a few goals for myself going into 2012 that I need to create doable, realistic plans to reach. I lost some weight last year, but I’d like to lose a bit more. My goal is to lose 20 more pounds this coming year. I need to create a plan to skip a lot more desserts and to exercise more regularly to make this happen, but the plan has to fit our busy schedule in order for me to stick to it. Keep that in mind if you’re setting goals for the New Year.
Yes, it’s wonderful to aspire to some lofty goal. I’d love to lose more than 20 pounds in a year. However, I know that I can’t dedicate my focus entirely to weight loss. After my first child was born, I lost 60 pounds in 3 months, getting even lower than my pre-pregnancy weight. But all I had on my plate was learning how to care for a newborn and losing weight. I was staying temporarily with my parents until my husband at the time finished some training. I helped my mom a bit, but it was nothing like managing my own home.
These days, I sometimes have to be content with setting smaller goals. Sometimes smaller goals make those larger goals less overwhelming. Do you want to be more organized this year? Boy, isn’t that an intimidating prospect?! Especially if you’ve had a rough year and things are really a mess. Pick one space to organize.
My organizing goals for this year? My cookbooks and lose recipes need some serious attention. So, that’s a priority for me right now.
Oh, and my bedroom has been a dumping ground for the last year as we revamped other parts of the house. But, I have to be realistic. In order to organize my bedroom, I have to empty, sort, organize, and refill the craft cubby. Why do I have to start in there? Because half the mess in our bedroom belongs in there! I have to pick a day that I can dedicate a good 16 hours straight to empty, sort, organize, and refill the craft cubby so I have a bed to sleep in that night. An empty day that I can dedicate to one project is like an illusive jungle creature. Yeah, it exists, but you have to be pretty crafty to actually get a look at it!
Thanks for stopping by! I pray that as 2011 slips away and 2012 is born, that you join me in setting a few goals for yourself and in making a plan to accomplish those goals. No vague resolutions this year, but specific, doable goals.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,