Goodbye 2011. Time for a new year, fresh start, starting over, and that overall feeling of pushing a reset button. Most of the time, these yippee feelings last about 2 weeks. Last year was an exception.
Last year, I tried something different. Instead of making concrete resolutions about specific things, I went for goals or perspective. What amazed me was I stuck to them. I often checked my post about Goals 2011 and found myself thinking about them regularly. And what I liked about this way of thinking was that it didn’t have to be wonderful days like vacations, marathons, holidays from work, snow, etc. It could be a random Tuesday and I would make sure I did SOMETHING from the list, like surrounding myself with sights and sounds that make me feel peaceful. Some time in my kitchen with the accent white Christmas lights and some good music while cooking and that random tuesday was much better. Even with all that happened last year, 2011 was one of the best years.
With a new year, it’s time for new goals.
Celebrate every day.
Don’t water it down.
Don’t try to make it logical.
Don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion.
Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
1. Celebrate every day.
There are days where this will be hard to do, obviously. When the sinus infection has taken over, the fat pants are too tight, work is beyond insane, and I can’t stay away from the cheese straws, the last thing I want to do is celebrate anything much less my growing ass. But…I learned last year that I can find SOMETHING to smile about. Even if it’s just taking off the fat pants and wearing a Snuggie.
2. Don’t bend.
No this is not talking about family discussions or me throwing compromise out of the window. This is about me facing difficulties with my passions. Family, running, crossfit, cooking, photography, teaching. The things I want to be successful in will not just all of a sudden be easy for me. In these things, I can’t compromise. The goals I have this year are going to require unbelievable tenacity.
3. Don’t try to make it logical.
This one is going to be hard for me. I’m a very logical person as opposed to emotional. I like to weigh the options, think and analyze everything, and just be overall annoying about whatever I’m obsessing over. Trying to explain why I want to run 2 marathons, 3 halfs, climb Pike’s Peak, crank out some unassisted pull ups WITHOUT getting rhabdo, and get published in a cookbook is just ridiculous. There is NO sanity in any of those things. There doesn’t have to be.
4. Don’t edit your my soul according to the fashion.
No need to elaborate. Just don’t do it.
5. Rather, follow my most intense obsessions mercilessly.
Nothing is more sad than a passive life. I don’t want one day to go by where I didn’t do something to pursue my goals.
One day down, 365 to go!