It seems like just yesterday when we celebrated 2011 as a new year, how time flies. It feels good to know that we passed through and experienced all the joy, troubles and challenges and now have the opportunity to say goodbye to all that and start anew. Like this year, we start every other year expectant and hopeful that the year would be the best year ever. As we know, this is not how the year always turns out to be.
Every year comes with a couple of life assignments for you to take home. These assignments present their own form of trials but your job is to complete and present them at the end of the year for assessment.
How did you do in your previous assignment? Did you achieve all you set out to do?
As for me, the answer to the above question is no, but I had a pretty good grade. It’s a ritual for us as achievers to set New Year resolutions for ourselves. In 2011, mine didn’t live to see the first of February. Why?
1. I set New Year Resolutions and not Goals.
2. I had nothing to fall back on whenever I derailed.
Unlike goals, a resolution is just a firm decision to do or not do something. It’s not an act. It’s like the first phase of goal setting. A resolution only becomes a goal when you develop practical steps to implement your decision. Unless you do this, all you’ll have are a bunch of wishes in your head with no magic wand to grant them.
If you resolve to stop drinking, how do you plan on curbing it?
If your resolution is to curb some habits or develop some values, what are these habits and values and how do you plan on implementing this?
If your goal is to lose weight, what food should you rid yourself of, what are your present weight and your dream weight?
It’ll also help a lot if you write your goals down as this is part of the whole goal setting process. Writing them down is not a guarantee that you’ll achieve them. It’s just for the purpose of remembrance; your brain can’t keep track of everything. Your trying to force it into memory might relocate it to the remote part of your brain which you can only access when you’re, say, hypnotized or at the point of death. I don’t think you want that.
What does a theme have to do with all this?
There’s always a time when you seem to get off the road to your dreams due to one challenge or the other. When this happens, getting back on that road becomes so hard that you feel that goal wasn’t meant for you. You need something to back up that goal. It could be a word or phrase which you’ll always remember whenever things don’t go as planned.
In 2011, I started a lot of projects, some of which I only did halfway. Because of this, I’ve decided to theme this year “PERSEVERANCE” because I lacked a lot of it last year. I have interesting goals this year and I’ll be disappointed if they are not accomplished. I see a really productive and fulfilling year ahead of me. I wish the same for you.
What’s your theme for this year and how did you come about it? Did you fail to accomplish anything last year that you’re determined to complete this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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