Do you feel pressured to change something about yourself? Whether it’s your health, your work, your life, your marriage or your location, when the New Year is staring you in the face.
I don’t know about you, but there seems to be more pressure this year, than ever before. Perhaps I’m reading more blogs related to goal setting, making things happen or listening to the media, however I feel bombarded with messages on how to:
- structure your day
- organize your work
- become more efficient
- take baby-steps to reach your goals
- make to-do lists
- make short -term goals
- make long-term goals
- add five minutes to your walk a day and you’ll soon be able to run a marathon
As most of us know, January is the month when we make resolutions, and February is the one when most of us break them. Of course, this does not apply to you and me.
I try to set my goals based on a clear vision of where I want my life to go. For example:
- In the next year, my goal is to have an agent and/or a publisher for my memoir.
- In the next year, I want to launch my improved blog and website.
- In the next 2-3 years I plan on moving to our house in Naples, Florida.
- In the next 5-7 years I want to do 27 months of Peace Corps work.
So here’s my first change starting right this minute: I’m going to start smiling more. Why? Not only is it supposed to energize the brain and muscles, but it will make me feel happy and perhaps someone else too.
What about you? Do you have goals for 2011, or do you prefer not to think about it?
Gigi Ann says
What are my goals, and what am I planning? I plan on doing a lot less blogging. And I would like to learn a lot more about poetry, and writing poetry. This last year I have been visiting poetry blogs, and find them interesting, so I said to myself, why not write a few poems, how difficult could it be? I'm finding out it is more difficult then I ever could imagined. LOL…
I am not a resolution maker, but I do tend to think about long term goals. You have set some lofty ones and I'll be betting on you to achieve them, Sonia.
Miss Footloose says
I don't usually make resolutions, but I do know what my goals are for this coming year.
First I intend to be moving to another foreign country again. I am restless and need new stimulation and inspiration, and I love the challenge of being an expat.
Second, like you I am determined to find an agent and/or publisher for my book about my expat (mis)adventures.
So here is to a happy, healthy and successful 2011!
I don't make New Year's resolutions. But each day, I try to practise kindness and compassion…
No resolutions but goals of course.
Goals are only for me, not public. 🙂
A lot is going to happen next year but how everything will come true no idea yet.
Happy New Year from Casablanca!
I am such a procrastinator that I am not very goal oriented. Nice to see someone with goals, and quite worthy ones at that. Have a Happy New Tear!
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Robert the Skeptic says
I made a New Year's resolution to no longer make New year's resolutions.
We liquidated a house two days before the end of the year and will pour that into the other investment properties to increase our cash flow. Negotiate some other equity deals.
We skipped on a vacation last year, so we need to plan on visiting a warm climate in the near future.
Maybe do another short film this year.
Actually Sonia I don't usually make any resolutions or visions but this year I am praying for better health.
I need knee surgery but can't do it just yet so I am hoping that within the next two years I'll be able to do that.
I also want to do more sewing and crocheting.I used to make so many gifts for people but didn't do hardly anything this year. I think I was still sort of bummed out from my mom passing away.
A peaceful year would be very nice!
Love Di ♥