You may have seen some buzz on the internet lately about setting goals instead of resolutions for the New Year. The argument being that goals tend to be measurable, attainable and set in time frames that are easier to meet. In my mind, there’s more structure around a goal than a resolution. Resolutions seem more like statements, like declarations. One misstep and the resolution is broken… the whole deal is off.
In the past, my resolutions have been somewhat wishy-washy and boiled down to more of a few good intentions rather than actual change. So, I’m jumping on the goal bandwagon and looking forward to some nice rewards this year!
I’ve set several goals for myself in 2013:
- More Exercise! I sit at a desk almost all day long, then I come home and work on the computer. Pretty unhealthy and my waistline is showing it. So my goal is yoga at least twice a week and walking the dog at least three times a week. I have a calendar to keep track until I get into the habit.
- Less Sugar & Fat. There are several times of the year that I get caught up in the sweet treats of the season: Girls Scout Cookie time, office birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and of course, the holidays. I get hooked on sugar and need a quick fix at certain times of the day. So, my goal is to focus on more healthy treats and fruit to meet those cravings.
- Blog Every Other Week… Because I really do love it! With work, evening classes, and my family’s busy schedule however, blogging sort of falls of the radar. So, my parameters have been set and should be easier to meet.
- Attend More Networking Events… Because I meet such great people! It’s so rewarding to meet some of my networking contacts face to face and most of these events are so much fun. I’m aiming for at least one event a month.
To help me stay accountable to, well, myself, I found a clever little goal tracking widget to display on my blog. (See my sidebar, lower right.) I also created a nice facebook banner to help kick off the year: I call it my “Minty Fresh Goals”… out with the old, in with the new!
I hope you have a fun way to help meet any resolutions or goals you may have set for this year. And, I wish you the best success for making positive change in your life and the lives of those you love.
Cheers to a wonderful 2013!