2014 ~ Resolutions and The Year of Self-Discipline

The days after Christmas and the month of January, are my favourite time of year. The cupboards are full of christmas food so I don’t need to worry about cooking so much; the children are happy and engrossed with their gifts; it is a time to relax after the whirlwind of the festive season. For a short while nobody bothers me about late payment of bills or school events I must attend. The weather keeps me snug and warm inside. It’s bliss. And then there is a sense – not so much of an ending – but rather a renewal. The new year is about to begin and I get pleasantly excited about making plans even if they are rarely kept.

At the beginning of the year there is much talk about resolutions and our general inability to keep them. It’s kind of become a running joke hasn’t it? But I think reassessing your life and deciding where you would like the future year to take you is invaluable. Yes, it is easier to not be bothered with that and stay stuck in the same old rut you’re in.  Easier to give in to self-doubt about our ability to stick with it. But, we can make changes if we believe we can. We get better at changing our habits and achieving our goals the more we stretch ourselves to try.

When I think back to past goals I find that my attention is at the very least directed ‘towards’ those goals – even if I don’t achieve them. I spend a lot of time thinking about them and some short time fairly regularly moving slowly towards them, but rarely do I actually achieve completion. I am easily distracted. My self-discipline is weak. (How easy it is to give in to the temptation of laziness. I think I might have made a very good sloth in some alternate reality – I love those strange creatures). 

So, this is going to be my prime focus: 

SELF-DISCIPLINE is my motto for 2014. 

I shall identify my end goals and where I am now and find small ways to move closer and ever closer each day until I am living the life I wish to lead.
A list of personal aims for the coming year:
  • Write at least 1000 words a day
  • Draw every day
  • Finish writing my book
  • Finish one painting a week
  • Eat a healthy vegetarian diet
  • Organise and plan this website 
  • Post here regularly
  • Spend more time having fun with my children (instead of nagging them) 
  • Exercise regularly
  • Keep to a budget
  • Meditate for at least 20 minutes daily 
  • Spend some time outside every day
  • Plant and tend the garden

There, I have announced it to the world – I’m told that this is a great incentive to deliver – or fear looking like a fool.
Although I have veered frequently from the above goals in the past, I have also been fairly close to them regularly too. I think they are all doable. No, they ARE all doable. I can do them. I begin right now.  

What is 2014 going to ‘The year of‘ for you?


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