Thursday, January 20, 2011

An "Aha" Moment

I suspect that at the beginning of each new year, we all ponder changes in our lives. Some make resolutions, determined to see them through. I've been guilty of this type of behavior, usually with less than stellar results. But this year, instead of writing down something along the lines of: "In 2011 I promise to . . . blah . . blah . . . blah . . ." I decided to try a different ploy. Ignoring the temptation to draw up a list of items like this:

This year I will lose this much weight: _______________
My blood sugar levels will always stay in this range: ____________
I will get this many hours of sleep per night: ____________
I will exercise ___________ hours every day.

I decided instead to be elusive. I didn't write anything down. I didn't make any pledges, nor did I document goals with family or friends as witnesses. Knowing my tendency to blow such high-browed ambitions about the third month of each year, and the nasty guilt that surfaces as a result, I am being extremely vague in 2011. I have one intent this year: to simply do better. I figure I can adjust what that means on a daily basis. It might mean on a given day that I will spend more time studying the scriptures, or reducing my carb counts. On another day it may mean that I will increase the amount of time I spend on the treadmill. On yet another day, it may simply mean that I will devote a couple of extra hours working on the great American novel.

So far I like this plan much better. I'm not feeling the pressure I've felt in the past, and it's working. I won't jinx things by revealing how often I've exercised since the beginning of 2011, but I think my diabetic doctor will be pleased. Will I earn the "Honor Bee," award by our ward's New Beginnings ceremony in February? Time will tell, but I'm making good strides. And if I don't earn it by then, I still have the rest of 2011 to do so. (I earned the YW Recognition Award in 2010, so I figure the odds are in my favor.)

Am I making progress with the great American novel? I don't have to report to anyone but myself on that one. =D Isn't this great?! And the best part, since I haven't etched anything in stone this year, when asked if I accomplished my goals for 2011, the truthful answer will be a resounding: "You bet!" And since this is something I've never been able to do, no matter how this year turns out, I will feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment. And that will truly be something to celebrate at the close of 2011.


Doran & Jody said...

GREAT idea, but I do suggest one thing...

Write down the things you accomplished EACH day no matter how small they may seem, then you will have proof AND you will feel good looking back what you DID do instead of what you DIDN'T do!

Cheri J. Crane said...

Great idea, Jody. I'll have to try it. ;)

Derek Crane said...

Ahem, as far as not reporting to anyone else but yourself, I feel that you should stand corrected! :D

Love yah!!!

P.S. you should check out Kristen's blog...she has started updating it more than FB.

Cheri J. Crane said...

Hi Derek. So you're thinking I need to report to you on the great American novel? Je suis sure!!! ;)And I'll be sure to check out Kristen's blog.



CL Beck, author said...

Hey, I like your idea, Cheri. And I like Jody's thought too ... it would be fun to see how much was actually achieved, instead of how much wasn't.

Cheri J. Crane said...

I agree, Cindy. Jody's definitely onto something. Thanks for stopping by. =)