Set a Small Resolution

It's December 31, and the New Year is upon us!  What big plans do you have for 2013?

I've got some big plans and SMART goals, but I'll be tackling those on a monthly basis, so my focus is honed and strong.  But are you setting year-long resolutions?  If so, I dare you to make them small

Cookies for tonight!
First of all, keep up your existing goals!  The new year is an arbitrary day to begin, but it does feel like a fresh start, so we like to put all this weight on the new day and the new year.  There's nothing wrong with that, as long as you don't ever not set or fulfill a goal just because it isn't a new year or a Monday.  

For year-long resolutions, I think small is the way to go.  Keep it simple!  I think of resolutions less as a big goal to be "attained" and more of a vow to improve something about yourself or your habits.

Last year, I resolved to make my bed every morning. Done.

This year, I'm setting some similarly small resolutions.  One is to quit chewing gum.  I'll get into the why and how of it in a later post, but I think it's a smart, simple resolution that, given a year, I should be able to achieve.  I'm not quitting cold turkey, but I'll limit the amount I can have each week until I no longer need it at all. (This also isn't to say I'll never ever chew it again, but I'd like to kick the habit; I really have too much.)

Another small resolution I'm making is to do a pull-up.  That's it--just one.  If I end up doing more, great! If it's just the one, that's fine, too. It was at CrossFit in November that I discovered I couldn't do one without a band for assistance, so I hope to work my way up to pulling up my body weight and lowering it back down.  (I may also need gloves, because bar days always destroyed my hands!)  I admit, this is more of a "goal", but I resolve to actively work toward it.

What small resolutions are you making for the new year?

As I've mentioned, I also have several goals for 2013, but I'll tackle those with you each month.  Setting monthly goals keeps me focused and facilitates my success, and I've got a friend who is doing the same, so we'll keep each other on target, one focus at a time!  I don't know about you, but I can't take on too much at once, or nothing will get done!  Pick a few goals/resolutions and give them your full attention. 

 Do you agree? What works best for you?

 All the best to you and yours for a Happy New Year! 

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