Years of writing New Years Resolutions and in 2017, I just stopped. Bad idea. I never have a lack of things I want to do and learn and be. I do have a hard time finding the time and the energy. Years of goal setting with staff and children has given me a healthy appreciation of SMART goals. The biggest mistake is giving up on the aspiration and pursuit of “better”.
I personally have two windows of opportunity for pausing and making goals that boldly strike out in new and sometimes the same ways – New Years and summer holidays (once I’ve had some R&R time). I missed the mark this year. I was just going to strive for balance. Hasn’t worked. It has resulted in complacency.
My answer is New Years Resolutions – one month late. I am going back to creating with my smart goals with a focus on carving out time for socializing, fitness, travel, reading, fun, new learning in the midst of work priorities. And yes I’m building in all kinds of extraneous rewards and competitive aspects to motivate me. And I feel revitalized with the prospect of moving forward. Hope springs eternal!