What do you think when you think of January. Winter? I wasn’t surprised to see that when I googled January clip art a very large percentage was of snow and cold. But in the Southern Hemisphere it is summer. However winter, or summer, I like January. For me it’s sort of a quiet month away from the hustle and bustle of holidays. It is also a fresh beginning of a new year.
Being somewhat a dreamer I can’t help feeling anticipation on what the year will bring. It’s sort of like having 365 wrapped presents under the tree. They hold mystery, challenge, fun, fulfillment, happiness, achievement, opportunity, excitement and all sorts of surprises. Can you see these things and more floating out of the brightly wrapped packages?
It used to be that with a clean slate of a new year we made resolutions. There have been so many jokes about these mostly broken vows that most people don’t, or at least won’t admit to making them. I used to and in the past couple of decades it has been weight related. Now I make goals. So what is the difference between goals and resolutions? I looked it up and this is what I found. If there is a specific achievement that can be measured it is a goal. Permanent changes to your life are resolutions since you keep doing them and not just until a specific achievement is reached.
So for examples:
Goal: Run a marathon (no it’s not on my list).
Goal: Lose 25 lbs
Resolution: Develop healthier eating habits
Resolution: Increase physical exercise
I guess I can’t face doing something forever so do better with a specific goal. But after defining the difference maybe I do need to add a few resolutions to my annual goals.
What about you? Do you make goals and/or resolutions? Do you write them down? Do you share them?