Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year Resolutions or Not?

The New Year has arrived! 2013 will be a better year, or will it?

How do you plan to make 2013 a great year? Do you make resolutions? Or do you let the year bring what it may without outlining any personal goals?

I am a firm believer in resolutions. Not because someone will hold my feet to the fire if I don’t accomplish them but because it helps me keep my eye on the prize.

Do you set your resolutions on January 1 and then not check them until the end of the year when it’s too late or do you set timeline goals for each resolution?

I do both. I give myself timelines within the year that I should accomplish them, but am flexible enough that I don’t berate myself if I don’t complete something by a certain date.

What are your New Year resolutions? Are they purely personal, purely professional, or all of the above?

Mine tend to include both personal and professional goals.

Do you share your resolutions?

I believe that if you share your New Year goals with others then you’ve cemented the deal and you push yourself to make them happen. That doesn’t mean I share all of them. There’s usually one very personal one that I keep to myself.

What if you don’t achieve your goals? Do you kick yourself? Curl up in a corner and whine about it?

I tend to say as long as I tried then that’s all that counts. If I fall a little short then I pat myself on the back and determine if I need to adjust the goal. Is it more important to lose ten pounds or be able to run a 5K the entire time?

What are your resolutions for 2013?

A goal I have every year is to finish writing a novel. At least one a year. If I get two then bonus, but since I work full-time that’s an enormous feat.

I have a couple of activity goals this year. My first goal is to run a 5K without walking. I love running but I’m not exactly good at it. My other running related resolution is to run a full marathon. This will definitely be more challenging. In order to do this I need to improve my half-marathon time and I have to run longer distances in my training. Wish me luck!

An easy resolution for me is to read 52 books, at least one a week. Since I’m an avid reader this is a fun goal and usually easily attainable. If this is one of your New Year resolutions a good way to achieve this goal is to participate in read-a-thon’s. I really like the way the Dewey Read-a-thon is run and if at all possible, I participate in the 24-hr read-a-thon twice a year. Check out the Dewey Read-a-thon website at

There is one more resolution on my list, but that one I am holding close to the vest.

Happy New Year!

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