Currently working on: The race to The End
Mood: High on naturally induced painkillers
Last week, I talked about how at the end of the year, I like to look back and see what I learned (if anything). So of course the start of the new year is a time to look forward.
Because I’m looking forward and see mostly a monstrous looming deadline, I was gonna totally cheat and review last year’s resolutions… maybe cut’n'paste since I never keep my New Year’s Resolutions anyway… Imagine my horror when I scrolled back and realized I totally cheated last year and didn’t actually write down any resolutions at all!
Who’s in charge of these things?
So, okay, fine, this year, I resolved to make real resolutions. But I decided resolutions aren’t enough, since we all hear stories (I think I might have just mentioned one) about how nobody keeps their New Year’s Resolutions. This year, each resolution (a “how”) is backed up by a goal (a “what”) and a dream (a “why”). That way, whenever I’m tempted to not keep my resolution, I’ll be able to see what I was trying to accomplish and — more importantly — why.
Resolution: Add 10 minutes to my daily workout. (Since my daily workout is currently zero if I don’t count the dog walks, this should be achievable, even for a slug like me.)
Goal: Stave off the cookie-induced metabolic collapse I’m told is in my near future.
Dream: Touch my toes with my head on my knees — Literally, I’ve had this dream, like, a half dozen times in the last two years, and I’ve never been able to bend completely in half like that.
First attempt: I’m typing this while sitting on an exercise ball. My 1950s office chair (complete with cigarette burns!) is the antithesis of ergonomic, and I can’t splurge on a real chair right now. I read that people stuck for long hours on computers can benefit from rolling around on a ball. It’s definitely more fun than a chair.
Resolution: Increase my writing pace by 500 words every night by June; increase by another 500 words by this time nex year.
Goal: Write faster. (This is my eternal goal; I should just say that now.)
Dream: Sneak a new book into my writing schedule.
First attempt: In the rush to The End of Book 3, I have to actually meet my old resolution on word count. I figure that’s a place to start before stretching forward.
Resolution: Say once nice thing about my achievements aloud every day week.
Goal: Transition my Eeyore mindset to a more Piglet philosophy.
Dream: Learn to assess my fears and wishes in alignment with the truth of the challenges that face me.
First attempt: I haven’t fallen off my balance ball. Yet.
I’m off to a great start! Update coming next year!