Friday, January 4, 2008

Resolution vs. Goal

Resolution: A resolving to do something. A course of action determined or decided on.

Goal: The purpose toward which an endeavor is directed; an objective.

I've been trying to figure out what I'm going to work towards this year. I was a little distracted with everything at the end of December to really make the time to think about things. I wanted to work for something that I really wanted and could actually achieve with some work. Here it is the 5th of January and I'm still deciding. I was talking to Mickey the other night about someone's blog and how she went on and on about stressing over what resolutions she should make. I decided right then and there that I was setting goals and not making resolutions. One, because I don't think I have any terrible habits that need to be broken; two, I don't think I could make myself do something every day for a year (although I'm on a pretty good streak of reading my scriptures every night but I don't get all mad and punish myself when I miss a night); and three, I'd rather take baby steps to work towards something and once I reach that mark make it a little higher. I think goals are more my style. I like the idea of having an objective, a target, or a purpose. I feel more in control to reach the end result.

So today I got an e-mail from Mickey. I don't know how he found this and why he wasn't working but he sent me this link. I read it and thought "I'm smarter than I thought I was". Anyway, goals are the way to go for me. I'm still thinking about what I want to do and will sometime post what they are so you can make sure I'm working on them. Here's what I've been thinking about: getting back to/catching up on my scrapbooking (making 2 layouts a week), intensifying or changing my workout, recovering the Spanish I used to know, getting better at the piano (the violin lessons never worked out last year, may as well work on something I already know how to do), reading the Ensign every month, eating my 5 fruits and veggies a day,.... The list could go on and on but I don't want to try to do too much because I know myself, I'll drop most of it if I feel overwhelmed. I hope you have decided on some good goals for this year. Remember one can be easy to attain to help you feel better about yourself. Have a good 2008!


Janel said...

Good thoughts on goals. So, what's Mickey's goal? To start liking chocolate? : )

I'm not stressed about making resolutions/goals, I'm just stressed to realize there are so many areas in my life that could use some major improvements! (no comment on the chocolate issue). Happy new year!

Mickey Standiford said...

FYI - I actually made a chocolate cake on Sunday but after eating some I was wishing I had made the Lemon one instead.

Mickey Standiford said...

And I’m not sure what my goals are.