Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Goals, not resolutions . . .

NewYearI’m great at making resolutions.  I’m a champion list maker for anything and everything.  I’m also really great at picking area of my life that I feel I’ve done an utterly crappy job.  So resolution lists get made every New Year’s, and often at multiple times during the year as well.

As great as I am at making resolutions, I’m not so good at keeping resolutions.  Yes, I do make sure my resolutions are measurable and attainable and all those other tips we read about resolution making.  The problem, I think, is that I try to change too much at once.  I have my long list of what I’m doing wrong and what I need to fix.  And after a few days, I get totally overwhelmed and discouraged and just give up - one resolution at a time.

This year, I’ve decided to do something different.  Instead of making a list of resolutions, I’m going to work throughout the year on improving myself and my life, one small step at a time.  Each week, I will take a baby step toward doing something in my life better.  The next week, I’ll pick something new to focus on - hopefully while keeping up on the “resolution” from the week before.  If I start to slip on one of the goals, there will be no reason to abandon the whole process, because I can just restart that goal again when another week starts.  The idea is to be constantly moving forward throughout the year, one tiny goal at a time.

The first goals that pop into my mind are mainly health related.  My goal for this week is an easy one, yet one that is pretty important.  Throughout the month of December, I’ve been really (really really) lax about taking my cholesterol and blood pressure medication, as well as my iron, Vitamin D and Vitamin C pills - which are all very important for a girl with Type 1 Diabetes like me.  There really is no reason not to take five seconds to swallow down these capsules, other than pure laziness with a bit of forgetfulness mixed in.  So, since January 1st, I take my morning pills while waiting for my coffee to brew.  And I take my evening pills before hopping into bed.  Easy as pie.  (Mmmm, pie.)  A goal that I know I can continue through the year.  Which leaves me feeling good and ready to choose a new goal to work on next week.  Maybe that goal should involve knitting every day??? 


kathy b said...

ONly knit every day if it is your pleasure!!! Love your little goals ideas. Baby steps as they say in WHAT ABOUT BOB....

I am taking fiona in tomorrow for a thyroid med check.> I also just found a bump on Rozzy's lip. It looks like a wart my old cat used to have...but I have to be sure. Wish them a quiet ride in the car please! Only Radar, my deaf cat, loves the car. he likes the rumble I think!

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a very sensible way to face resolutions. I think I may borrow your way.

My first resolution --- no more diet soda. Drink iced tea or water.

Paula said...

Awe, my husband is type 1 diabetic as well. He takes LOTS of supplements! (as well as novalog & something else). Good luck with it.

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