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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 πŸ˜‰ }

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?

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9 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions Revisited

  1. I wanted to blog more & I have. So far so good! I don't know how you regular bloggers do it but you are a definite inspiration Michelle, so feel good about yourself πŸ™‚ Limiting coffee is a great goal too much caffeine can make you so irritable.

  2. I think you're totally right. Why hype up such huge resolutions? You know…I once lost 70 pounds and it WASN'T a resolution. It was more of an epiphany! πŸ˜‰ After having my daughter, I'm in dire need of another of of those or some simple goals like you listed. Good luck for the rest of the year! πŸ™‚

  3. Isn't it amazing how powerful language is? For you, "goals" feels more attainable than "resolutions". I'm a bit leery of the word goals because, for me, in the process of getting there, the goal sometimes changes. BUT what you've done is noodle it by creating attainable mini-goals, ones you can CELEBRATE that you're doing. Cool. After trying a cleanse in Dec., I realized I can live without coffee in the morning and drink lemon & water, too. And my constant heartburn has just about disappeared! Now, coffee's a treat once in a while when I'm out where I can get a really good cup. I appreciate it so much more. And so does my digestive tract! Here's to doable minis!!!

  4. I have to agree with your post. This year I did not even think about my new year resolution. I just figured that I would continue to work on my goals! That way I will not disappoint myself when I break my resolution. deedsailynews

  5. Hi Michelle! I am delighted to have discovered your blog and found this post. Loved your candidness and what a refreshing way at lookijg at the new years resolutions we all heap on ourselves at this time of year. Thank you for sharing!
    I'm hosting a weekly linky over at Natural Mothers Network which is all about seasonal celebration and would love it if you popped over and linked this post! It would be great to introduce your blog to my subscribers! Seasonal Celebration Linky http://naturalmothersnetwork.com/seasonal-celebration-sunday/seasonal-celebration/ Really hope to see you there! Rebecca x

  6. Michelle thank you very much for placing this post on Natural Mothers Network's linky: Seasonal Celebration! You helped make Seasonal Celebration a wealth of intelligent, creative and resourceful information and it's been such a pleasure for me and many others to read through each post. I am really looking forward to seeing you again Sunday evening or Monday! Rebecca x

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