Goals for 2011


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“To reach a port we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift.”

~Franklin Roosevelt


This is the time of year when many people are making (or have made) resolutions and are frantically working towards them.  Actually, this is the time of year that many people decide to drop their resolutions.  That is why I think resolutions are basically useless.   “Resolution” brings images of grand plans gone awry.  I prefer goals.  Why?  Well, that depends on the definition of a goal.  Let’s define a goal as something that is attainable, meaning you can feasibly accomplish it in the allotted time frame, and a goal is measurable, meaning that you can track your progress.  Goals can make dreams tangible, can help you improve your life, and can improve your-self esteem.  I have several goals this year, and I would like to share them with you.

“In absence of clearly define goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.”

~Author Unknown

  1. To Have Sunshine Start Doing Simple Chores:  ‘Chores’ is a loose term.  She will be expected to help me clear the table, unload the dishwasher, and pick up her own toys.  After all, she is not quite two.  I’ve been reading a lot about this, and she’s ready.  She likes to help.  It’s not ‘work’ to her.  It will mean more work for me, but I think that it will be worth it in the long haul.
  2. To Lose Weight:  I weigh over 200 lbs.  This would be okay, except that I am only five feet tall.  That height/weight ratio is unacceptable.  It’s time to get serious about this for my health.  I don’t know that I want to lose a certain number of pounds, and maybe I’ll track some other numbers too (blood pressure?), but I will have a plan in place.  If anyone has suggestions, I’m open to them.
  3. To Pay Off Debt:  Sailor and I blew it after he came back from deployment.  We spent money like we had some (we didn’t), and the result is that we ran up our credit card.  We will pay a set amount (about twice the minimum) every month until it is paid off.
  4. To Get Manning the Homefront Up and Running:  This one kind of flummoxes me.  I don’t really know how to track this one.  I think that I might just challenge myself to blog for 12 months, and then I’ll reassess and make some real goals. 

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

~Larry Elder

I’m posting these goals publicly so I can be accountable.  I will post a plan for each individual goal, and I am thinking of posting quarterly updates.

What are your goals for 2011?

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