Fuel in the Furnace of Achievement

I’ve thought long and hard about this resolution of mine, and the more I think on it, the more I like it. It assures that I don’t set unrealistic goals and forces me to be accountable for completing them. I’m certain I won’t share all of my goals publicly (after all, some things must surely stay private), but I will share what I can.

To that end, I’ve set two goals which are both long and short term and we’ve also set one as a family. First, I’m vowing to set aside time write something–anything–each and every day. It might be as short as a paragraph or as long as a short story. It might even just be a blog post or a paper for seminary classes. If writer’s block should strike, well then I will just write a stream of consciousness for about 5 minutes. It may not make much sense, but it will be writing.

Secondly, I will finish every book I start in 2012. This may not seem like a big deal, but since having my son, I’ve neglected both my writing and my pleasure reading. I seem to get interested in some other book and forget to finish the one I started. To contribute to helping me follow through with this goal, I will do two things: set aside time each day to read (before the time I set aside to write, perhaps) and then post (here, probably) about what books I’m reading and have finished. The time I set aside may only be 10 minutes before I fall asleep at night. Still, ten minutes every night adds up. What am I reading now? A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Ideally, I would like to have this book finished before Valentine’s Day when my favorite author, Anne Rice, releases her next book, a return to the supernatural realm and to horror novels in particular with The Wolf Gift. It will be auto delivered to my Kindle on February 14th and I know I will want to begin reading it right away.

Our family goal is to have one PT day a week. This goal begins tomorrow with “Family PT Saturday.”  This was my husband’s idea when he noticed the toll that little to no exercise (since our move to Germany) had been taking on my illness. It’s a brilliant idea, I think, and also one that will strengthen us even more as a family unit–something that’s always important. We’re starting with just a half hour given my current physical state. Wish me luck!

So that, as they say, is that. The beginning of my resolve to be resolute resolutions. Three goals set  before the new year has even arrived.

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog

What goals do you have for the New Year?

Resolve to Be Resolute

Guten tag, friends!

Our apartment is finally with internet and this blog shall finally be with posts on a semi-regular basis.

Surely there must be much ground to cover since my last post, yet today I’ve been struck with a serious case of writer’s block, so bear with me.

I suppose first thing’s first: I’m 30. Yes, I have crossed that threshold into new and uncharted territory (for me, anyway). I’m determined to make it a brilliant year. Above is a picture taken from my balcony on my birthday. We got snow that day and rain on Christmas. Of course.

Speaking of which, our first Christmas in Germany is now behind us and my one regret is that we only visited one Christmas market – and it was just the one at the base BX. I look forward to next year when we ought to be much more acclimated to our host country and feel a bit more adventurous.

In this final week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, most reflect on the last year and prepare a resolution. I hesitate to make one as I can rarely remember what they are even a few months into the new year. In fact, I’m not sure that I even made one last year. Should I set a “health-related” goal? Seems trite if not unnecessary as I am already moving in the direction of the changes necessary to meet my health-related goals. Should I vow to read a certain number of books by year’s end? Might it be a writing goal? Should I promise to post 4 blog posts a week? Vow to become a better cook? So many options, so little time.

After some thought, I have decided that this year my resolution will be to set simple, clearly-defined goals, record them, and then put plans in place to accomplish them. Seem too simple? That’s the point. Too vague? That’s where the “clearly-defined” and “record them” parts come into play. Too often I say, “I am going to [insert generic idea],” or “I need to _________.” But I usually don’t follow through on these proclamations. Thus, this year, instead of simply proclaiming that I will do something with no follow up, this will be the year I actually DO the things I have been meaning to do. In fact, I’ve already started. For the last two weeks, I’ve been meaning to start writing again. Here I am. Granted, it’s not a great and brilliant bit of writing, but it is writing. One must begin somewhere, yes?

The first thing I want to do is make a short list of goals (short and long-term) with which to begin. The one requirement is that they be attainable. Before year’s end (which is only a few days away), I will have completed my short list and will post from it what I feel comfortable enough to share.

Hope all’s well with my friends and family throughout the world!