I do a lot of things in my life that relate to starting with the end in mind.
In 2010 I said I wanted to run a 1/2 marathon. I grew up very athletic, I like to run, I mostly run on a treadmill - not outdoors. I'm a 5k kinda girl, not really into challenging myself to distances, but I thought if I just sign up for a 1/2 Marathon, I'll train and get in better shape. Well - I did not train. I probably ran 3 miles in the 5 months leading up to the dang race. But you know what - I showed up anyway. I asked my husband not to bring the kids out to support me as it would probably be a hideous mess. It sort of was, but I finished, and I finished with a time of 2:59:59. Yep, I beat 3 hours by one second. I didn't have a time goal, just a goal to finish. The close I got and realized I might beat 3 hours... I stepped it up.
I'm a financial counselor by day. Many of my clients come to me looking for help with organizing their bills or a strategy to dig out of debt, or help to avoid a foreclosure. One thing is true for all clients with financial goals - what do you want? Do you want to have more money every month? Do you want to pay old debts to stop bill collectors from calling? Do you want to save your house no matter the intense load of paperwork and time it requires?
You have to have that goal in mind so that the work that it takes to get there has meaning or reason. Working out often sucks, but if you're doing it to fit in some skinny jeans or beat cancer or to show your daughters what a healthy woman looks like - then you have to keep the end in mind to get you through the hard work.
On a lighter note, I thought I'd put together a list of things that I want to accomplish in 2013. Some of them are not very defined - that is they are not finite like I want to lose 5 inches, but rather, I want to be a healthier me in 2013. That's good enough for me. I struggle with feeling like a failure when I don't do what I want, but I think I can break out my goals into little accomplishments, like... this week, I drank Green Tea instead of coffee. There - I win! I've been healthier - work with me, I have to play mind games with myself. 🙂
I stumbled upon Wendolonia.com because of Pinterest mostly - she has Bento Box school lunch stuff on her blog. But I was drawn to an old list that she posted for "things I want to do in 2010". There were like 74 items on the list, where I tend to have like 5. So... here is my attempt at listing all of the little things that I want to accomplish!
- Healthier me in 2013
- More organized in 2013
- More helpful with my husband's business.
- Better at teaching the kids money lessons with commissions earned on chores
- Get blinds for the kitchen window
- Utilize my basement more
- Hike with the dogs more this summer.
- Gardening again
- More giving - I like the Kind Missions.
- Help my daughters learn to sew or knit. I do neither, by the way.
- Go do gymnastics during open gym once with my daughter.
- Be loving, not critical
- Be a Do-er - just get off my toosh in general. Usually means clean something.
- Invite more friends over
- Be social
- Send pictures to family more often.
- Be in pictures more often. Honestly - you know who you are... when you are gone, there will no pictures of YOU because you were always behind the camera, right?!
- Continue paying down debts aggressively.
- Take one day a week to avoid my laptop.
- Stretch or do yoga more.
That should be a good start. Baby steps - I don't think I have more to list at the moment.