Hi there, Mamma. Good morning. Do you get today off too? I hope so. Going to tee up some New Year’s Resolutions? Good for you!
I’m a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. We don’t become better people by accident. It takes deciding to do something differently than you’ve done before and then going through the process of change. It takes work. I’ve always thought that the New Year was a wonderful time to make a fresh attack on that goal I’ve been yearning for.
Don’t let the nay-sayers put you off. I’m sure you’ve seen the interviews and articles… “X percentage of people don’t fulfill their New Year’s resolutions!” Yeah, whatever. Somebody succeeds, it may as well be you.
I am re-reading Brian Tracy’s wonderful book, “No Excuses!” It is the perfect book to read when embarking on a new challenge. If you haven’t yet gotten this magical motivational gem in your life, order it up right now. It’s an easy read, and a wonderful encouragement to be your best self.
My resolutions for 2017? 1) I am going to have a sit-down meal with my family (breakfast works too) six days out of every seven. 2) I am going to achieve an over-all rating of “excellent” on my year-end review at work. There are several benchmarks I have to achieve at work in order to get this. 3) I am going to attain a conversational knowledge of French. For me this means getting through the first three levels of the Pimsleur French series (90 lessons) by the end of the year. 4) I am going to do three triathlons; the third, in August, will be International Distance, the longest I’ve done so far. I already have a girlfriend who has agreed to do this with me. Accountability. 5) I am going to be gluten, sugar and dairy-free, 29 days of every 30. 6) I am going to have a date night with my husband once a month. Sitting on our front stoop with a glass of wine counts, as long as all the kids are asleep. 7) I am going to stay on budget. Period. All year long. Husband and I have a rational budget written out and agreed upon already.
So I will spend today (I’m off today) writing out a rough outline of each of these goals. A road map for achieving each goal. If I don’t write it down, it doesn’t happen, so that’s step one.
Then I track each goal. Will it be perfect? Oh, heavens no. I already know that. I am certain that I’ll have to adjust or pivot on something. And I’m ready for that too. But I won’t stop moving forward.
How about you, Mamma? In what ways would you like to be different or better this year? It’s in your power. Go for it.