New Year, Fresh-ish Start

Well, it is that time of the year again when we promise ourselves a makeover of epic and not so epic proportions, both physical and metaphysical.

So, are you guilty of that most pedestrian (and apparently very ancient) of New Year’s traditions- the Resolution?

I am by nature a list girl.

That I often leave my lists at work (or misplace them) is beside the point. For me, the simple act of putting something on paper is enough to put it in my short-term memory. But I have to admit, there is something very satisfying about putting a big fat Sharpie line through a task completed.  

What are your goals for 2011?

Lose weight? Gain weight? (I hate you.) Get fit? Eat healthier? Write your first book? Read a book? Get a better job? Have a baby? Get out of debt? Make more money? Max out your RRSP and TFSA? Buy a house? Sell a house? Learn a skill (knit, crochet, sew, draw, paint)?

Or are you just so much cooler than the rest of use and have resolved to make no resolutions?

No reason to be smug either way.

We all have goals, aspirations- or we should. And it is not just about wanting more but wanting to be (and do) better.

The start of a New Year is a convenient benchmark for most of us but it doesn’t have to be.

I have long-, medium range-, and short-term goals, “fantastical” wish lists of things I will do, want to do and if fortune favours me, aspirational far-reaching “bigger than me” goals. I may not have Oprah’s resources, clout, influence… but why not?

But habits being what they are, I wrote a short form list of what I would like to focus on this year. Most are reasonable but ambitious, some are ongoing and some things are out of my control.

My primary concern this year is to focus on doing those things I want to do and not get buried by the things I need to do.

This will sound horrible to some people but I am giving myself permission to be a little more selfish. Losing myself in obligation and the expectations of others will render me useless to everyone who needs me. Putting oneself first on occasion is not a bad thing and my goal is to do this and not feel guilty about it.

Or at least not feel too guilty about it.


~ by angryegg on January 3, 2011.

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