New Year Resolutions

December 31, 2008

So how ‘bout those 2008 New Year’s Resolutions? Have you achieved them all? If the answer is yes, congrats, you got my respect. Did you let a few get away from you? No worries, that is still impressive. Or are you like me don’t even know where that piece of paper is? Well I’m going to change how I do things this year. First I will not put off tomorrow what I can do today. Second I will follow the advice of all those goal achievement gurus and come up with a well balanced plan. And since we are all friends here I would love to share: my goals, my starts, my plan, and my journey.the_journey____by_commanderdex
The first Step is a little soul searching exercise. Get out a piece of paper, better yet a new journal to keep track, and divide it in four sections by drawing one line down the middle width and for the length. The first section I want you to label your Passions, the second your Talents, the third your Values and the fourth your Problems. Now when you have a minute I want you to sit and fill out each section. Your goal is to write at least ten different items for each section, but write as many as you can think of or will fit in the space allotted. Start with your passions: what are the things that you love to do, what are things that you would do for free, what are the activities that make you come alive, what things that once you start you have to pull yourself away (losing track of time)? When finished with that move on to your talents: what are you a natural at, what is have you practiced or studied, when people ask you for help or advice do you notice a pattern, what do people say that you are good at? Next what do you value: who are the most important people in the world to you, what would you die to protect, when you go against the popular majority what convictions are you upholding, where do you get your sense of morals, if you were going to die soon what would you need to accomplish? And finally let’s move on to your problems: what are the major stumbling blocks to attaining your dreams, what are the mistakes you keep repeating, what are you keeps you afraid, anxious, idle, depressed or angry?the_anxious_clown_by_fb101
This fun right?!? Next I want you to look at each section, and rank each item’s important by number, one being the most important. When you’re finished with one section, move on to the next until you complete all of them. Next, draw the table, four sections with the titles, on a new sheet of paper. Take the items ranked one through seven and rewrite them on your new table. You have just completed step one. It should look something like this.


1. Blogging- about my life and sharing things I’ve learned
2. Laughing- with my husband, family and friends
3. Making New Friends- gives me an opportunity to be myself
4. Talking to Kids- it would be number one on the list if I did not get sad afterwards
5. Psychology- reading, learning or talking about psychology
6. Learning New Things – and figuring a practical application of it my life
7. Giving Advice- makes me feel useful

1. Encouragement- I’m good at seeing people’s true essence, its good
2. Talking to God- I usually have an easy time talking, hard for me listen
3. Customer Service-I’m great at calming down irate people
4. Writing- I’m a little rusty, but I am ready and equipped
5. Document Creation- A newly discovered one (I avoided office work)
6. Music Knowledge- I love music and know a lot of songs
7. Finance- I like crreating spending plans


1.Freedom- to be your true self and gain acceptance and respect
2. Emotional Intelligence- principals or morals that enable harmony among people
3. Becoming a Parent- I want a successful pregnancy and to learn quality parenting
4. Family Pride- I desperately want my loved ones to be proud of me
5. Leaving a Loving Legacy- I want to help create a social service before I die
6. Simple Living- Want everyone to live within their means, to enjoy life not things
7. Education- Let this debt not be in vain, but let me earn a lambskin, AMEN


1. I lack confidence and tend to assume people think the worst of me.
2. I have no income.
3. I’m in debt.
4. My family is hurt by my absence.
5. I’m overweight.
6. I think I will have a lot of difficulty getting pregnant.
7. My house is a mess.

Please share some of your resolutions.


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