Archives for the month of: January, 2011

I went off the New Year’s resolution trap a few years back, simply because they never worked. But because I like to mark the new year with something that represents a change, for the past two years, I have picked one topic/theme that I want to concentrate on, and do something about it. This year I will substitute the monthly themes with a word. One word per month that will set the tone for the month and what that word will signify.

MOVE will be my word for January – move on, move forward in my work, my relationships, my life etc. The idea is to have that word in your mind throughout the month and let it guide you to take action.

The idea was originally from The Happiness Project, which is based on a one word theme for the year. Another site that has been doing the same thing is Christine Kane’s word of the year.

I prefer to have one word a month, as that gives me a wider choice in the year, takes me out of my comfort zone. It adds a bit more fun having a different tone every month.

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There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept responsibility for changing them.

-Denis Waitley

It’s that time of year to sit down and do some serious goal-setting for 2011. Some of the goals for 2010 were not accomplished or little was done, so I will make those as ongoing goals. By having ongoing goals and aims I feel I have achieved something, even if it was a small change or improvement. It also helps me understand the changes I needed to make in my life and what’s important to me.

My main focus  is on:

Finances: I desperately need to get my finances in order.  This is strongly linked to my Work (no work no money coming in!). By this I mean I need to get a regularly income which will allow me to save , pay off my debts and not have to worry were my next job is coming from month to month.

Relationships: dating (maybe find someone to spend my time with – after lasting year’s dating experience, this is easier said than done). Spend more time with friends and contact old friends with whom I have been out of touch.

Fitness: I’m fairly fit, but I would like to increase my fitness level. Attempt to learn a new sport or get involved in an activity that I have wanted to do but never found the time.

By getting one aspect of my life in order and meeting some goals, the others will follow or become much easier to do. For example I would like to learn rock climbing, but I can’t afford to go for lessons, once I have a regular income I can save and afford to go for lessons.

I’ve been actively trying to sort out these aspects of my life since last year and some the year before. The difference now is  to come up with some solid and bigger plan that I will stick to. The trick is to clearly define goals that I commit to, so that they are reachable. How do I know that they are reachable? I suppose a way to test is, if somebody else with the same goals has done it, then it can be done.