The Road to Success | Goals and Resolutions for the New Year

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2013 Journal Agenda, Entry #2

I find it hard to grasp that we are already into the second week of the new year. I feel like I was just ‘decking the halls’ yesterday. For 2013 I thought it would be good for us all to begin the 2013 FOLK Journal/Blog Agenda by reflecting on the lessons learned in 2012. I was beyond humbled to read each of the posts that were linked up last week and look forward to growing together as a community as the year progresses.

Continuing with our weekly journal challenge…

Each year, each month, each day begins with choices. We travel one path and at times we must choose between two doors. In choosing a door, the right or the left, we make a decision and set a goal. Often this goal leads us down yet another path. Another path with more doors. Another path with more goals.

What goals do you hope to achieve this year? How are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up?

If you are anything like me you are already pressing the limits with your New Year’s Resolutions. I wanted to exercise every day. Unfortunately the flu virus, who checked in for a three-week vacation in Hotel Hillary, wanted otherwise. With exercising as an exception, my other resolutions and goals are right on track. Thankfully, with exercising, I am not too far behind.

Take a moment to reflect on your resolutions. Are they holding up? When determining your resolutions, did you set goals that you wanted to reach? To ensure successful New Year’s Resolutions it is important to understand the definition of a resolution and of a goal. A resolution is a pathway that you have determined to follow. In turn, a goal is a point that you want to reach. In other words, a resolution is the path you will take in order to make it to the goal you hope to achieve. A path you will take to pass through the door you have chosen.

Are your resolutions realistic? Different pathways are of different lengths. Some of your goals are likely short-term goals while some are long-term goals. Your resolutions must reflect this. You can expect to reach a short-term goal in the near future. Your results will be evident within a day, a week or a few months. Long-term goals on the other hand are goals that you will reach over an extended period of time. This can mean a semester, a year or even a lifetime. Your resolutions should reflect your goals.

I recently found myself in the office of a cardiologist, waiting for my name to be called. As I nervously sat in the waiting room, I worried not about the reason for my visit. Instead, I found myself worrying about being late for my Chemistry lab that afternoon. It was at that point I realized I had a problem. Cardiac diseases are prevalent in my family and at the ripe age of 21 I was already experiencing symptoms. I set a long-term goal at that moment to increase my cardiac health. Almost two years since that first visit, I have done well with my diet but I have slacked in an important area concerning cardiac health. I have slacked in exercise. This year I set a long term goal to improve my cardiac health and made the resolution to do so by exercising daily. This is a goal I plan to achieve over a lifetime. In addition, a corresponding short-term goal includes participating in a hometown 5K this spring. The resolution made to reach this short-term goal requires that I run daily.

In general, successful resolutions require goals. To successfully reach our objective we must first look closely at what we wish to capture…

We must examine the details of the results we expect…

Then we must step back and view the larger picture, developing a resolution that will enable us to reach our goals.

If you are struggling with your resolutions, re-evaluate them. Set a goal, determine what it will take to reach that goal and base your resolution upon the path you need to travel. Share your goals and resolutions by linking up to this post below. Be sure to link back to this post on your own blog so that your readers can connect with everyone else who links up as well. For a complete list of 2013 FOLK Journal/Blog prompts click here. It’s going to be a great year. Join Us!


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6 Responses to The Road to Success | Goals and Resolutions for the New Year

  1. [...] for Flown The Coop in 2013 is to regularly blog.  Last week I was excited to committed to FOLK Magazine’s Weekly Journal/Blogging Challenge.  It helps to have a weekly prompt and a community to share a common thread.  The journal agenda [...]

  2. Beth Laverty says:

    I have joined the Folk Magazine Weekly challenge today. I am looking forward to the weekly prompt. I do a weekly blog post on Tea Cups on Tuesday. So now on Monday I will be adding the Folk Magazine weekly challenge. This should keep me on track. I enjoy blogging, but it really helps to have the encouragement of a weekly challenge and a community with which to share!

  3. I’m really enjoying the journaling agenda! Thanks so much for getting me in gear! Have a great week.

  4. [...] This week’s quandary was What goals do you hope to achieve this year? How are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up? [...]

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks for sharing the photo of your sewing space – mine looks so exactly the same, even down to the green sewing table with the little drawer, I felt a little encouraged that I might get it cleared up and more usable this year. I join you in that goal: tidying, organizing, and thinning out excess. That, daily walking, and regular meditation (à la Andy Puddicombe’s program “Get Some Headspace” on my iPad) are my 3 goals for this year – and I want to succeed!! I enjoy your blog – thanks for sharing.

  5. [...] mentioned last week that I’m participating in Folk Magazine’s Journaling Agenda. Last week, I had to write a letter to my 2012 self about lessons learned last year. This week, I [...]

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