Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013: Goals and Expectations

It is the beginning of a new Gregorian calendar year, and it is traditional to name your resolutions at this time of year.  Of course, it is also traditional to break those resolutions before the month is out.  So I'm not going to make any resolutions this year.  I am, however, putting some goals and expectations for myself out there in the belief that this will give me a measure of self-accountability.

So, in 2013 I have the following goals and expectations:

  • I will move more.  I am not happy with how I feel when I move right now and the only way to fix that is to start moving more.  I have friends who get together to exercise and someday wouldn't mind being able to join them, but I think they're full up with people at the moment, so I will start on my own and should an opportunity arise to join them, I will be more able to do so than I am right now.  I am not going to be more specific than this regarding how much I move, because if I am and I miss that EXACT goal one week / day / whatever, then I will give it all up.  So for now, movement itself is the goal.
  • Our meals will continue to become healthier.  We have made great strides in this, and I am going to move further down that path.  Whole foods, fewer quickly digested carbohydrates, more complex carbs, and a focus on making our meat portions smaller while getting additional proteins from other sources.
  • I will focus more on my business.  I have been splitting my focus and letting myself get distracted but if I truly want to be successful then I have to turn my gaze and energies fully on what it takes to achieve that success.  I would like to pay myself my first official paycheck before the end of the year.  It doesn't have to be much, but I want to reach that level of achievement.
  • In 2012 I started The Great Reorganization so that we could purge the house of all of the extra "stuff" that was cluttering our lives, and so that we could make room for children in our lives.  We have let that sit on the back burner for too long.  2013 will be the year of Moving Forward.  We will move forward with the rest of the purge, and we will move forward with adoption plans.  I have allowed myself to be too comfortable with where we are, rather than pushing toward where we want to be, and that will end.  It is time to continue into the next part of our lives.
These are my goals.  I am scared of some of them, and excited about some of them.  Life will change as a result of all of them, but change is what keeps us growing and learning.  And I'm ready for some changes.

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