Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011 and Unresolved Resolutions

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Today we say goodbye to 2011. We all get to start fresh in 2012 with new resolutions, new hope, plans for the future, etc... Personally, I am leaving 2011 with dirty dishes in the sink, dirty clothes in the hamper, unsorted mail, unfolded clean towels in a basket, Christmas gifts that still have not been put away and what some would say is the worst part of all many failed resolutions from 2011.

I used to get really angry with myself for failing at resolutions each year. Some of them for 2011 included things like have a clean and organized apartment 24/7 (I don't have the kind of time needed to clean this much-but I will work harder to clean more often), get 100% out of debt (we didn't make enough money in 2011 for this to be possible-hopefully 2012 will bring new opportunities for income), fly to Europe (debt plus lack of income equals no ticket to Europe-and no we won't get another credit card just to go. we only spend the money we have now), cook at home more often (how can I cook if I am not home-well, this was a bad excuse so I'll work more at this), work out every single day (let's move on) and then list goes on and on. I'm thankful that it finally donned on me that resolutions should be things we hope to aspire to, not things that we should feel like failures for not completing.

My problem has always been that I set resolutions, standards and expectations so extreme that no one could actually pull them off without some degree of difficulty. Then, I get so mad at myself for not completing them that I sink into a stupid depression over nothing. In other words, I set myself up for failure every single year.

So, this year I'm setting goals and creating a list of resolutions I think I can actually manage. Here they are, my 2012 for all of you to enjoy and possibly take on yourself:

1. Be more positive about everything.
2. Do my best to achieve long term goals with careful planning and execution rather than unrealistic expectations and tight deadlines no sane person can meet.
3. Try to forget the past, look to a better future and be willing to change/ apologize when I'm wrong.

That's it. That's all. I have covered exactly what I feel I should for a new beginning and hopefully a better life.

Resolution just sounds like a negative word to me with all the bad connotations it conjures ...What are your hopes for 2012?

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