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Have you ever stood with your glass of champagne in hand and declared that this year is the one when you’ll run a marathon, lose 50 pounds or get a great new job?
Then all you have to show for your half-hearted commitment is a champagne hangover?
This week I’m blogging about making — and keeping — resolutions.
Today it’s more about the process of making the goals in the first place.
Lifehacker.com writes about setting achievable goals — and it doesn’t have to feel so serious
The post includes four tips for making an attainable list of goals, including this one that I liked a lot:
Entertain a mix of ambitious and silly goals. Goals should vary from ambitious (write a book, be financially independent) to silly (consider getting a pet fox, bet $100 on a rock paper scissors match) to novelty-seeking (try a new restaurant every week, go to the opera) to personal (fall madly in love, lose 10 pounds) to world-improving (convert to green energy, give 10% to charity) to educational (learn Italian, read a book a week).
Marking off a few silly or easier goals is a good way to build confidence and momentum for larger more ambitious goals. When you’ve recently gotten rid of your television and spoken in front of a crowd of fifty, it becomes a hundred times easier to pitch your book idea to a publisher, or call someone about a lease on a space for your new business.
Sometimes when I’m making new year’s resolutions, I get caught up in the enthusiasm of it and either feel I have to do everything — learn to play piano, learn Spanish, start taking yoga — or I have to be too lofty — shouldn’t we all aspire to cut back on our use of fossil fuels and eat only locally grown free range chemical free foods?
Why can’t I also make a goal to have drinks at least once a week with my girlfriends?
Or to add a few new sweaters to my rotation that make me feel better about the long cold winter?
I like the idea of adding fun, silly, novelty-seeking goals into my 2010 mix. Not that I don’t still want to take a knife skills class, but I also want to try more of the restaurants in our neighborhood and see more live music. I also want to develop a ritual of brunch at a place where we can become regulars.
What’s your mix of resolutions look like? Are you committing to anything fun, silly or novelty seeking?
I blogged back in March about declaring what you want in a written goal list — check out that post if you haven’t read it before.