Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Goals

California has finally dragged it's lagging butt into 2012, so Happy New Year to all my Westerners!

Last year, I was really hoping to make a difference in my life, so for the first time in maybe ever, I made resolutions. This year I'm dumping the word resolution in favour of "goal". Why? Resolution is "a firm decision". If you make your mind up to do something, that's a resolution. No wonder New Year's resolutions don't make it all through the year. A resolution is a thought, not an action.

Goal on the other hand, is about the end point. By thinking in goals, I automatically change how I go about what I'm doing. And a goal, unlike a resolution, tends to be intrisically measurable.

So, here are my goals for 2012, Year of the Dragon. I'll be back later in the week to get into the details of each of them.

1.  Save more
2.  Study more
3.  Write more
4.  Read less
5.  Be a better bipolar

What about you? What would you like to acheive in 2012.


Anonymous said...

I wish you a wonderful New Year!!

You are so right about the words "goal" vs "resolution". I never thought about it that way! ;) I guess my resolutions sound more like goals... (For example, "read more ebooks")

Sophia Richardson said...

I like the word goals more than resolutions because there's this whole stigma attached to resolutions: people make them apparently expecting not to achieve them the way they set such high, hard to reach targets. The same ones every year, of course. I love your point about the difference in the meanings, though; it reaffirms my need to distinguish between them. Good luck with your goals, can't wait to hear more about them throughout the week!

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