My thing for 2012 is setting a new goal every month - that way if I get through the month I have something to celebrate - and if it's a habit that sticks, that's awesome. If not, there's always next month. ;)
An interesting approach! I look forward to hearing how it goes.
My two big rock goals for next year are to run and complete the LA Marathon (no, I don't care how long it takes me) and to get me and my family to Hawaii for our first ever real family vacation (and y'know, renew wedding vows with my husband while there).
I am also a big fan of NY goals. Resolutions are just so depressing.
Hawaii is lovely! You will have a great time. Good goals!
Many years ago, I took a page from my father's book and resolved to stop making new year's resolutions. It's worked out pretty well for me so far.
On the weekends, I usually go for a hike with my dogs along a local creek. Just after the new year, the path suddenly gets more crowded, but by the end of January, it's back to normal.
Yup. People just can't keep it up.
It's so true. Resolutions are usually made for self-esteem. And subtractive resolutions are usually to get rid of a personal vice/habit (over-eating, smoking) which is triggered by esteem issues. The pressure is high, and the resulting failure is shame-inducing.
I don't have any goals, yet.
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It's perfectly fine not to!
"What do you want to do next year?"
"The same thing we do every year, Pinky. Try to take over the world!"
This is not a true New Year's Resolution because I've already begun it, but mine is to stop procrastinating on chores and telling myself that "I don't want to." The procrastinating means that our apartment is messier and less joyful to live in, and it will be horrible with a baby. The telling myself that I don't want to do the task makes it more unpleasant than the task needs to be because I'm making it out to be something Terrible. So I have resolved to look at chores more positively. I'd rather seem them as something that I do to make our apartment a clean, happy, organized home and that while chores are rarely wonderful to do, the results of them are!
I never make resolutions exactly for that reason! This year, my goal is all about fitness and getting in shape. With 2013 looming and a vague wedding-date that year, I want to look as best I can and not just fit into a smaller wedding dress but also feel CONFIDENT in it. Like "Yeah, I make this dress look GOOD". Haha.
That's an excellent goal, as long as you focus on health rather than "lose at all costs."
I agree with you. It's good to set goals, but "New Years Resolutions" are not my thing, either.
As a Taoist I'm supposed to be working on my spiritual goals on a daily basis. As for the other goals I have; when my brothers are no longer having health problems that require much of me - I hope to go back to my writing projects and my drums.
Although, I don't think I'm going to wait on the drums. Anytime I have a free hour I'm going to practice.
Vacations are definitely high on the goal lists!
2011 was the year I took up running. So a couple of running-related goals for 2012:
Run 5km in less than 30 minutes (Current best, 32:04)
Run 500km in total throughout the year (2011 total, 380km)
Two things I can't possibly fail on within the first week, because I have the whole year to work on them :)
For the past 2 years I have owned a mini indoor remote control helicopter. I am terrible at controlling it. This year I will learn to control it well enough that I can take off in the living room and fly it up two sets of stairs to land comfortably on my bedside table.
I love the helicopter idea. And making the fitness goals aimed at a final number is a good plan.
i dont think we grew up making resolutions. mama always said "start the new year as you want to continue" which meant start with a clean house, with people you love, and set happy goals.
my goals this coming year are to keep the house clean...which, since the ex is coming over to get stuff IN ORDER and do the heavy cleaning, is HAPPENING NOW. clear out stuff...there are two bags in the hall to go to goodwill at this very moment. hang stuff on the walls...ok, that has to wait till febuary, but its going to happen!
attainable goals. i can live with that.
After tallying up all the ill health/hospitalizations/deaths happenings of the past year, my New Year's resolution is not to get old enough to be immobile, and have to have someone bathe me and change my diapers. To that end, I've stopped all "keep healthy" routines -- not that I had any, mind -- and am going to eat myself into an early, but satiated, coronary.
(And actually, I remember an interview some years past with a cardiologist, who said that if he could choose a way to die, he'd go with a swift coronary, rather than the lingering decline with chronic loss of faculties and body function.)
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At 50-something, and starting to see heart attacks among my peers, I'm not sure I can endorse that goal. Taking up skydiving at 72, though, that I could endorse!
My major goal for the year is to get my self employment up and running so I have a stable income again.
I don't make resolutions as such anymore. I do have things to work on, though, and the biggest recurring thing to work on is about to fall off the to-do list: on the 7th, Paul and I will be stepping off a plane into Melbourne summer.
Things that then move up the list:
* We'll have to marry within 8 months (9 months from the time the visa was granted.)
* I need to obtain a certificate to work as a phlebotomist over there, so it's back to school I go, enrolling in a TAFE institution.
* After that, out to work as a phlebotomist and into nursing school with me -- nursing's still the first step to midwifery.
And, of course, the pure fun stuff -- swimming regularly, the occasional evening out, and furnishing our first home together. I cannot even imagine the disaster that would have to take place, to make these next few years anything less than glorious. Not necessarily easy, but glorious. :)
It does my heart good to read about your plans for the future.
I don't really make resolutions for New Years pretty much for the same reasons you posted. I have, however, decided that in 2012 I'm going to have more sex. Just because one should have goals.
To run a marathon. Now, this only seems crazy until you realize that the reason I want to run a marathon is because I want to do an Ironman Triathlon in mid-2013.
Now, THAT's crazy.
Even more crazy: I'm only starting my training, and I'm already frustrated that I'm not yet physically capable of running all the time. I don't know what happened, but all of a sudden at age 38, my body has decided that it wants to be a runner. Who am I to tell it no?
So, associated with all this, are the basic resolutions to:
- Keep to my training schedule
- Listen to my body, and let the schedule be flexible as needed
- Eat in a generally healthy fashion
- Push myself to do more
- Forgive myself when I don't
It should be a good year :)
find a place to live that feels like home.
Be kinder to myself and to my friends.
Pay more attention.
I'm doing the 101 Things in 1001 Days again. So while I will likely not do all the things on it, chances are I will do some or even many of them. :)
Have you published your list anywhere?
I'd like to keep up with my Pagan studies. (Which according to the book I'm currently working from, involves 3 pages a day of journaling.)
good lord that's a lot of journaling. i'd gouge my eyes out.
I've been so badly off track, personal-wise, for enough years that it's been day-by-day for quite a while now. And it's been working so well I'm sticking with it.
I've just recently learned to really love myself. After that, what can hold me back?
It's that time of year when everyone gets ready to start a fresh new year by setting themselves up for failure
exactly. i'm doing the "new year, new you" project, though.http://mariadkins.com/new-year-new-you
2012-01-01 11:39 am (UTC)
Thank you in advance for the MS research bike ride!
I had given up making New Year's Resolutions but seem to have a small list of "this year I will try to…" resolutions with a small "r". I might even get around to doing a post to that effect.
So excited for you! So excited I want to use multiple exclamation points! But I won't.
Thanks! I tend toward multiple exclamation points myself. ;-)