New Year's Resolutions Revisited

Let's talk about resolutions. I deliberately waited a week to write about this, because I hate the health campaign hype created by PR companies just to get people to buy their client's latest product.

This year I've changed the word resolutions to goals. Resolution seem like too much of a commitment and if you're a commitment-phobe like me, you'll never keep them because you'll feel trapped.

Goals are items you can work toward, and not a narrow-minded item. For example, instead of saying, "I want to lose 20 pound," say, "I want to feel healthier this year." To achieve that overall goal, there are little things you have to do everyday to make that come true.

I set several lofty goals, but to achieve each of them, there are things that I need to do each day to make sure I'm reaching that larger goal.

My #1 overall goal was to feel better about myself, because I have terrible self-esteem . To do that, there are hundreds of mini-goals, like  making some modifications to my daily life, including:

- drink less coffee and limit caffeine intake.
- juice fresh fruits and vegetables.
- walk more.
- start the day with hot water and lemon.
- remember to take my vitamins daily.

Each of these things make me feel better overall, which in turn, helps me achieve my larger goal.

In some respects, I've just repackaged traditional resolutions and am selling them to myself in a different way -- which could make me just as bad as the PR campaigns I previously said I wasn't a fan of, but it works for me and that's all that matters. {Full disclosure, I used to work at an agency, and I currently work part-time in marketing, so go figure... lol ;-) }

To be realistic, it's only been a week, but all those mini goals above...I've done daily since last Monday.

How are you doing with your goals?

Michelle Maskaly

The Adirondack Chick

My Tail Hurts From Wagging So Much


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