“First develop a strategy that utilizes everything around you. The best way to prepare for a challenge is to cultivate the ability to call upon an infinite variety of responses.” -an excerpt from the book Aleph by Paulo Coelho
I have been racking my brains out trying to convince myself these past months to set some goals for 2013 and actually make them happen. I need some change, I need some improvements and starting a new year would be the best time for me to begin. Luckily, while thinking about the goals I’d like to attain this year, I read this post from a fellow blogger on how to set one’s goal. Pretty helpful for someone like me who doesn’t know how to maintain resolutions they’ve set for themselves every darn year. So let’s see what I’ve come up with this time.
I brainstormed the major items on the top of my mind that I’d like to improve this year. I came up with these:
- Exercise regularly and live healthy – because I’m not getting any younger and I want to be healthy if Laviel and I would decide to TTC.
- Lessen shopping and expenses – because I think I really have to control my spending. Seriously.
- Stop accumulating garbage/junk and other unnecessary stuff – because I have there’s just too many things!
- Get more organized – because of too many unnecessary stuff/junk, it’s a mess here. Don’t even try to imagine.
- Stop being late and be more punctual – because time is running! Hahaha!
- Buy a new phone (?) – because Santa forgot me again this year! Hahaha! Now this is just for fun.
According to the article:
“Only choose four if you really found four goals that excite you; one lukewarm goal could boycott three perfect ones by using up your energy and willpower. And: Only one of your goals should involve a habit change..”
So out of my list, I choose: 1, 2, 4 and 5. Goals 3 and 4 are the same, anyway.
Now how do I get motivated? I have to think positive and be optimistic. I must try my very best to resist any urge to procrastinate on my goals. The author of the article/blog post suggests listing down the Pros and Cons of each goal:
Goal #1: Exercise regularly and live healthy.
Pros: I get to lose weight, wear pretty clothes, look better, live longer, conceive sooner, fewer worries about getting sick.
Cons: I have to eat vegetables I don’t really eat, I have to make an effort, I have to work hard for this, I have to push myself.
Goal #2: Lessen my shopping and expenses.
Pros: I get to lessen unnecessary stuff, save more money, have more money for more sensible things, be able to save up for a bigger project.
Cons: I can’t really think of any cons.
Goal #3: Get more organized.
Pros: There’d be more space in the room, easier to find things, pleasant view for the eyes.
Cons: I need to have more storage boxes or cabinets therefore more cost, throw away things I might need in the future, might forget where I placed things.
Goal #4: Stop being late and be more punctual.
Pros: Early in-early out, good reputation, looks good on record.
Cons: Sleep early-wake up early, move faster.
Let’s get the ball rolling
We have passed the predicted doomsday last December 21st 2012. Yay! Everyone was happy, some even celebrated I think. We survived the end of the world that never even started. But lo and behold, I just found out that there’s a gigantic meteor aimed at hitting earth about 3 months from now. Holy crap. With all hopes and prayers that the meteor changes direction (not actually back up because I don’t think that’s even possible), I really have to get things started. Today’s the 2nd day of 2013 and I haven’t started on my goals. I know it will take all my efforts to even begin one but I have to push myself. If the world will end (again) in 3 months time, I want to be able to say I did something and I made a change for myself and my lifestyle.