I have to say, I am SO HAPPY 2009 is coming to an end. This year has been FULL of ups and downs, tears, laughter, love, friendship, and family, but I am ready to scoot 2009 out the door and wave hello to 2010. As we all know, its prime time to start making those New Year’s resolutions of dieting, working out, quitting smoking, planning to travel, or saving money.
At the end of every year, I like to reflect on how well I did on on achieving my New Year’s resolutions, but as I pulled up my list, I realized I had actually forgotten most of them. I had 8 “things to do” in 2009. I achieved 2. Wow. Really?
So, in an effort to make 2010 an amazing year, I tried to figure out what mistakes I might have made this past year that kept me from achieving my goals. In hopes of not making the same mistakes, here goes nothing:
I had too many goals.
Yes, 8 is a lot of goals. Hitting one goal is hard enough as it is. Think about if you went to play darts. What if you had 8 different targets to chose from? Which one would you try to hit first? Would you forget about some? Would you give up? I think our personal goals are the same way. Too many and you might lose focus, forget, or just give up. So, I’m just going to focus on one or two. And I know that if I achieve those goals before I celebrate 2011, I can always make more. :)
I wasn’t committed.
Sure, I can SAY I want to learn the guitar, I can SAY I want to run a half marathon, but how committed am I to actually DOING it? How much do I really want it? Mediocre commitment = mediocre results.
I had no checkpoints.
You can’t just write a goal on paper, cross your fingers, and hope you achieve it. For me, I achieve goals by planning. By writing baby goals for one big goal –weekly, monthly, quarterly – whatever works for you. By doing this you are creating checkpoints to keep yourself on track. If you’re not on track, re-assess at the checkpoint, and try, try, try again! Don’t give up.
So, whether or not you are trying to lose 20 lbs, start a small business, quit smoking, or get your website off the ground, I hope that you create a well thought-out plan of attack. Your goals aren’t going to be achieved by themselves. It’s going to take hard work and commitment.
As I mentioned, I am excited to venture into 2010, as I think most people are. New year, new beginnings. And this year, I will plan, I will commit, and I will achieve my goals. I hope that as you write your New Year’s resolutions, you will keep this in mind and set yourself up for success.
And hey if you don’t have any New Year’s resolutions, check out “Project 365: How to Take a Photo a Day and See Your Life in a Whole New Way” – it looks really cool!
So, say GOODBYE to 2009 and HELLOOOOOO to 2010!
Happy New Year!