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.ย  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!*


  1. What a good idea!
    In the UK we had a saying…”How do you eat an Elephant” by cutting it up into bitesize pieces.
    the Elephant was the goal…the bitesize peices the objectives to rech your goal.

    HAve a good 2012 and I look forward to reading your challenges!


    1. I am hoping I can make my little challenges turn into 12 habits by the end of the year! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I wish you a great 2012 as well and hope you get to see your grandkids a bunch! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. That’s a very good approach and an excellent goal. I used to not drink enough water and now I do and I would hate to go back because being dehydrated is quite uncomfortable. I am surprised by how many ways it makes me feel better. I count my water intake in gulps because glasses are all different sizes. It’s not 2 litres or anything, I find that excessive and I pee quite enough! I have 40 gulps, which are big swallows not small sips. I have ten when I wake up, at the same time as my coffee, the same at midday. Then I try to get ten in the afternoon and ten in the early evening (too late and I wake in the night…) I find that an easy routine to keep, although the afternoon ones sometimes get forgotten. I realise that sounds a bit OCD, but it actually works well for me, even though I am quite disorganised and avoid routine. Good luck with it!

    As for the 12 in 12 idea, it sounds good. I was thinking of trying a year of monthly challenges of my own devising, or perhaps to do something every week. I had hoped to have decided by now… But it doesn’t have to be a resolution, as you say! I can use the freshness of a new year without the pressure of resolutions.


    1. Exactly! And everyone’s 12 challenges don’t have to be the same…they can be as big or as small as you need them to be! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I put “Drink more water” first because I feel it’s extremely achievable but not too intimidating for me….Since I rarely drink water, drinking just a little bit here and there would be fulfilling my challenge, BUT my hope is that through the year, I will eventually make it a long lasting habit and drink even more and more until I get into the habit of drinking water every day! ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. I like the plan Sharon!! Congrats on posting every day, that is amazing! I look forward to following your new journey this year. ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree that the word “resolution” does not do plans like these justice, and I like to think of them more as a life change or a habit change. I am working on my health too this year and am doing a life-change to incorporate 20 minutes a day of exercise. It might not end up being every day but for now I just like the idea of 20 minutes. ๐Ÿ™‚ After I’ve exercised I actually feel pretty amazing too and then feel like eating healthy foods, so I like the new lifestyle I’m creating for myself. And you’re right in not being too strict or hard with yourself, you definitely want to enjoy what you’re doing and not have it be too much of a test of will! Happy New Year!


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