New Year New You, Blah, Blah, Blah
Every New Year we think about or make resolutions. Do we keep them? Nope. According to an article by "Business Insider" 80% of New Years resolutions fail by February. Seriously, we can't even make it through the second month of the New Year. Know how I know this is true? I'm one of those that will drop a resolution the second I make a lil' teeny tiny mistake. Whether it be missing a day at the gym or starting my 12,436th new diet. Resolutions don't work. We set our expectations way to high and when we slip up, we give up. I'm a semi-perfectionist. A perfectionist would have all her crap together. I only have some of my crap together so if I mess up while writing out my To Do list, I'll start all over. I know what you're thinking "What? What did she say?" Oh that girl got problems." Yes, I do and I know it.
My To Do list must be in order, looking clean and smart so I can get a natural high as I cross off some inane thing on my tally of duties I must conquer that day. I imagine I'm Braveheart-ess, ready for battle in my sweet kilt and un-shaved legs. A fierce warrior with make-up I've applied that isn't all that different from Bravehearts. (I've got to cut down on the bronzer) out to conquer the day with swift and lethal precision. As I cross off each item it's a battle I've won. Okay, maybe that's a bit much but, you get the idea. So imagine how hard I take it if I screw up on a New Years resolution. For me it's a battle I've lost and I give up. Resolutions and semi-perfectionists don't are not a good match.
So what's the answer? Do I give up again? Not try to do better or be better? I've decided to set goals rather than resolutions. According to the dictionary on world wide web a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. I already know I won't be able to NOT do something. I'm going to fall and make mistakes and I don't want to punish myself and give up again. A goal is the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. Like God, goals have grace. Grace is good and Grace is what I need. Goals can be met. Goals are attainable. Goals are little pieces of success. My goals always include losing weight but this year I want to add "FOCUS" I want to be focused on my relationship with Jesus, my health and what I spend my time and money on. So now you know....Set Goals my Friends!