I’ve said before that I don’t like resolutions. Part of the reason is because when I hear people make them, I almost expect them to fail. Not because I want them to fail, but because resolutions are notoriously known for failing.
Last year, I challenged myself to the Post a day challenge and to some, that could have been considered a resolution, but part of why it worked so well for me was because I refused to ever consider it as a resolution. I like the sound of a challenge, especially when it’s one that I know will challenge me but at the same time, I know I will enjoy the process. In about 11 days, I will have completed that challenge and the jury is still out on whether I will continue posting daily or not. I will say there is a pretty good chance of it. Some people very close to me have expressed sadness at me not continuing and they could have a strong factor on my decision.
I HAVE come up with my own personal 2012 challenge, though. One that I think is very conceivable because it’s all about small steps toward a bigger goal. I am calling it the “12 in ’12 Challenge” and it begins tomorrow with the first part. I welcome others to take part however they would like as well. This is how it works: There are 12 months and at the beginning of each month, I will introduce a small challenge to myself about a greater change I want to make. For example, in January, my goal is to drink more water. Right now, I hardly drink any water, so if I can even incorporate a bottle of water every other day for now, I will be following my challenge. By the time February gets here, I will introduce a new goal for that month, but keep January’s going as well, thereby doing 2 things in the 2nd month. Each month, I will add another small challenge, so by the time December, the 12th month hits, I will have 11 challenges hopefully made into lasting changes in my life and be working on a 12th one!
I think picking smaller goals will work best for me, because smaller is easier to handle than a big goal. I only have January’s picked out so far, but I hope to eventually have all my goals figured out ahead of time. I think I will reserve the right to change the goals up, as long as it’s before the month has started, if I think of a better one I would like to instate. Like I said, if anyone would like to follow along with my idea, feel free to. You can use bigger goals for yourself, more than one goal a month, whatever works best for you.
I also think the secret to any challenge is not to be too hard on yourself. We all will mess up at times, but it’s no big deal. Just forget it, wake up the next day and give it your best shot!
So…who likes my plan?
It’s almost time for “12 in ’12″!
*Happy New Year everyone, Have fun and be safe!*