Friday, January 4, 2013

Goal Numero Uno

I have, for most of my life, paid absolutely no attention to the ringing in of each new year. Oh, I partied like it was my job when I was in college while ringing in the new year- at least, as far as I can recall...ahem...

But the new year just doesn't hold the same exciting savory flavor of the new and good and hopeful things that most folks believe a new year will bring. It's not that I'm not a hopeful person- quite the opposite. I hold onto hope like it's the only saving me from flying off this planet of ours in a whirlwind of chaos and frustration and disillusionment.

I just don't get into all the hullabaloo of the once a year celebration. I don't make any resolutions because what I need/want/know/believe changes throughout the year. What I think I need/want to do on December 31st might not be a factor by January1st or 2nd or April 19th---whatever. If there's one thing I'm consistent in, it's changing the old mind.

My mood changes too so when I might start out on January 1st thinking of all the great and wonderful changes I'm going to make inward and outwardly, as soon as the mood switches gears, all those terrific ideas fly out the window at the speed of light.

This year seems to be a little bit different. I'm thinking that I am going to make a resolution of sorts. I've decided that I am going to DO SOMETHING. Sounds simple enough, right?

Do I have something specific in mind? Heck yeah. I've got several somethings in mind. And they're all the same things I've been trying to do for the last 4 or 5 years. But this year, it's different. My goal for 2013 is: DO.

Take action. DO SOMETHING. Do ANYTHING. Just get up off my big fat duff and DO SOMETHING.

I'm hoping to stop sitting here trying to figure out what to do and just start somewhere and DO SOMETHING. Just one thing at a time, and see how far I get.

I'm hoping to figure out what stops me from doing and keeps me idle.
  • Is it laziness? 
  • Is it fear of failure? 
  • Is it lack of motivation? 
  • Is it being to secure in my comfort zone? 
  • Is it from being overwhelmed because there's too much? 
  • Is it because my excuses are state of the art?
I'm also hoping to DO SOMETHING while I'm figuring out all that crap too instead of sitting idle while thinking it through and using that as an excuse to not DO SOMETHING.

So, no more inaction. It's all about DOING for me. And I'm almost sure that I mean it.

What's your number one goal this year?


  1. Sounds like a good goal to me. I'm trying to get myself out of the house more. Stop saying "no I can't).
    So, coincidentally an old friend just emailed me to see if I wanted to go bowling tomorrow night. I said YES

  2. Sometimes I think we don't know exactly what to do... and we forget that anything is better than nothing. Or maybe it is just getting too comfortable. I think that I get great ideas but I don't get specific enough about the what and when in the execution of said ideas. So, there are my thoughts on THAT. Maybe it will help...

  3. Wow, pretty profound. Do. I think that is really important. As my hubby says, the hardest part is starting. Once you start it is easy to keep going. I do pretty well until a new trial shows up, then I end up sitting and brooding and not doing. I think mine is pretty much the same deep down, I still want to be in better shape and I still want to be smaller than I am now. While cleaning I found a old diet book I kept records in from a long, long time ago. I weighed 137 pounds. I wanted to loose 30 pounds just like now. Only now I weigh a lot more than that. It got to me though. Now if I lost 10 I think I would be happy. So my do is some what lower this year. Just 10 and 10 and 10 :)I like your goals. They are easy and very manageable.

  4. I am so with you here, I feel the same way! Those are good reasons to ponder. I know I've been lazy. I want to finally DO the things I have put off for many years and I also feel I will DO these things this year. I didn't have a resolution last year but I reached my point on weight and knew it was time to get it off. Same way I feel this year about getting my house in order. I do have one goal which is to Face My Fears! The fears I am talking about are actually making the appointments with doctors and getting things done that I have put off for years.
    I have all my referrals from the doctor yesterday and now I must Face My Fears!

  5. Kim- Good for you! I'm trying to do the same thing. Whenever someone calls and wants to do something, I'm trying to say 'Yes' every time. I think it'll make a difference.

    Robin- I don't have a problem with the specifics...what I have a problem with is execution. LOL Pretty sure my problem stems more from the lazy aspect. Unfortunately.

    Kim- You husband has a point there. Getting started IS an issue for me. You and I seem to be on the same page with this one too. I think smaller goals do help sometimes. Maybe we can encourage each other this year.

    Debby- I have been lazy too. And I have got to stop it. Facing our fears is a huge step. Please keep us posted on this. I have some I need to face also.

  6. I don't know, you say you haven't been doing, but I think you have. You went back to work, you didi all that exercise stuff this past year, taking the dogs for a walk at the crack of dawn etc. So I think you have been doing quite a lot, I don't think you're lazy at all, I think maybe you think you need more motivation or something. BUt really, how much do you think you need to do? It seems to me you're always doing something for the lovelies, or your job, or the hubby etc. Take it easy girl, you have plenty of time....I totally admire you. :)

  7. I am just hoping I survive the next year. That would be good.

  8. I know exactly what you mean. I have never gotten into resolutions either,and I tend to fly by the seat of my pants AND YES, I know, not always a good thing.
    Oh, and like you, I need to DO too :)

  9. I like your attitude and way of thinking. Thing is, I too like to "Do" instead of sitting idly and watching a day pass. BUT...and this is a big but for me --weather has a lot to do with my attitude and getting things done. If it's gloomy, I tend to be gloomy...and quite lackadaisical then. Sunshine and brilliant skies...I can 'do' all day long and into the night.

  10. Doing something is great! Suddenly doing that something leads to doing something else, too, and the snowball is rolling :D

  11. hey happy new year to ya--i don't know what my changes will be this new year--but i know i want some change :)

  12. Alessandra- You need to move over to this coast and by my coach- your pep talks are fantastic! I know that I do some things but, since I took the job, it seems I don't want to do anything anymore. I'll pull it back together, hopefully.

    Gail- Yep. Survival is definitely better than the alternative. LOL

    Lucy- I know- and yet, I continue to do just that. Maybe this is the year that we change all that!

    Anni- Thanks! My MIL was like that with the weather too. I'm not. I LOVE rainy days but hot, summer days? I don't do anything.

    Maren- That's what I'm hoping for!

    LP- Happy New Year to you too! I want some too- and I'm planning on getting something changed!

  13. Brilliant post, Pam! Like you, New Years Eve has never meant anything to me. In fact, when I was younger and was out and about at new year, with all these people you didnt know hugging you and wishing you happy new year, really used to turn me right off!! I also have never made new year resolutions, but I love your idea of DOING something this year. I'm afraid it's motivation with me. I've always wanted to learn Italian, always wanted to learn water colours and so it goes on. I will be 66 this year, and still I procrastinate. If I'm not careful, time will run out for me!!Nowadays, I spend far too long in front of my laptop, which is not really good. What about all your healthy eating and running? I presume you're still doing that. You were doing so well, and I did admire you for that. Take care.

  14. I agree with Alessandra, I've been stunned at all you've done here this year!
    Of course you'll do less on some fronts now you've a're not Bionic Woman! And going back to work, especially in a school, is a huge change in your life. But you DID it!
    Now with Christmas out of the way, you prob. will have more time/energy to do some of that exercise stuff again. But don't overdo it, cos then you've to recover!


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