We have all been there vowing to never touch another chocolate, lose 5 kilograms or run a half marathon! We all have our list of things we would like to change in our lives and about ourselves.
The first question that pops to mind is why do we feel we need to make resolutions at all? Could it possibly be that we feel guilty for not achieving all the things we had set out for ourselves the previous year or does the remorse come after a festive season of over indulgence? Who really knows why we feel the need, but come the 1st of January, we all whip out the pen and paper and so the cycle starts again!
My decision for 2012 is to change my approach to the concept of resolutions. I have never liked them and hate to feel like I am being forced to do something even though I am the one doing the forcing! Lets face reality – by enforcing resolutions which are most often unrealistic and unachievable (on top of requiring large measures of willpower which I just don’t have!), we are just setting ourselves up to fail.
I know this all too well being a Mom of two young girls which can sometimes drive you to the brink of sanity just in itself. Throw in depriving yourself of most things sinful like coffee, chocolate and red wine, and you have a disaster waiting to happen!
So my new approach this year is simple, I have set myself bite size, achievable goals and not for the entire year either but quarterly (this was hubbies idea!) when I will review both the goal and the success of achieving what I set out to do. Doing this I allow myself the opportunity to revise or change said goal according to my circumstances. Add to this the decision to change my overall approach to life, to simplify my life, to identify the negative aspects in my life and make positive changes to the way I exist. In other words a change in lifestyle!
As a family we have also encouraged our daughters to do the same setting out goals and aspirations for themselves both personally and in the private lives, hopefully teaching them valuable lessons for later on in their adult lives!
So my motto for 2012 is Simplify, Simplify, Simplify!
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