Well, working moms and dads, here we are again-the end of an old year, the beginning of a new one.
Each year on the last day of the year I think the same thing: Should I write up some resolutions?
I never do.
Instead, I prefer to make small, more vague goals that I know I can follow.
I do spend some time reflecting about the past year in terms of business and personal life and goals, and I see if I am happy with where I started out and where I am at the end. I’m always amazed at how far I have come over the past twelve months.
I suppose I mentally compile a list of a few things I would like to accomplish during the course of the next year.
I try not to get too bogged down in the details, though. I don’t say I want to lose X number of pounds but that I want to be healthy, exercise regularly and eat well.
I don’t say I want to sleep eight hours a night, but that I want to go to bed early enough to get enough sleep so I can make it through the next day without being too tired.
I don’t say that I want to make X amount of dollars in business, or reach X number of clients, but I do say that I want to formulate a plan to increase business from one year to the next.
For me, making these goals that are more vague has been much easier and less stressful than putting absolute numbers on the end.
For instance, if last year at this time I had said that I wanted to run two marathons, or bring in $2000 a month in the business, or increase my client base by 20%, I’d be sitting here this morning telling you what I did not accomplish this year.
I’d be contemplating the negative, and overlooking all of the positives.
Instead, I can tell you this: My two daughters are happy. We ride bikes a lot, and play a lot, and this year they learned how to do any number of great things, from riding bicycles (both of them-one a two wheel without training wheels and one a three wheeler).
My business is doing well. I do have a steady stream of clients, some new, some returning, with whom I work. I’m involved in some really interesting projects right now and I’m enhancing my skills as I go along by taking new classes or reading new books.
I finished one marathon this year, and I am running the Disney marathon next week. I could see myself doing a few more of these, but instead of making this a goal I want to just make a goal that I will keep up the exercise routine I have now and add in some yoga for relaxation.
So my advice for the new year: If you are writing your resolutions today, keep them vague.