[This is part of the Starting 2011 Off Right series]
She wakes up two hours earlier than she normally would. The alarm is screaming and her body is begging for those two hours. She pulls herself out of bed and grabs what she needs: a pair of shorts, a gray t-shirt, comfortable (but old) socks, some sneakers, and a towel. It is January 3rd and she is on her way to the gym for the first time in almost a year.
Does the word resolution make your skin crawl? It does for me. I get the image of men and women greedily mobbing overpriced gyms to sign up for memberships they will never use. If that hits too close to home you may want to reconsider that gym membership you have been mulling over.
History shows that most New Year’s resolutions will be dropped by Valentine’s Day. In about a month, most of us will give up whatever dream we had for 2011. Why? Because resolutions are dreams, not goals.
2011 is a big year for me. I am calling it The Year of Massive Change. I get married April 16th, I no longer have school to go to, I am starting a business, it is my first debt free year, and so much more.
Starting a year like this is daunting. I don’t know what to expect. Will everything go well? Will everything fall apart? What will be successful and what will fail? The uncertainty is terrifying!
I am left with two choices: 1) I can make a few rash resolutions and hope for the best or 2) I can set realistic – yet challenging – goals and work through my year with a plan.
Obviously I am going with the second choice.
There are three stages to planning out the year:
Look Back is where you review 2010. What went well? What went poorly? Are you who you wanted to be?
Set Goals is where you create a plan for 2011. What do you want to accomplish? How will you get there? Is it even possible?
Do Something is where you get out there and start working! Take the first steps to accomplish your goals and define your life by them.
This is my plan in a nut shell. I will show you how I worked through the three stages over the next few posts. Until then, hold off on that gym membership. It will still be there February 15th.
What will be different about your life in 2011? Let me know in the comments.