A Coffee and Some Resolutions Friday
I was listening to the podcast That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs this past Tuesday (you can check it for yourself either in iTunes Canada or iTunes US) where I heard most people peter out with their New Year’s resolutions by January 22nd.
Twenty-two days. And then a good number of fine and well-intentioned folks return to their usual habits and routines, revisiting their goals sporadically before resolving to do differently at the end of another calendar year. And I realized I’m already ahead of that particular curve as I have yet to set more than two solid goals and it’s already January 9th. So I should be good on any I set today until … January 30th counting today as Day One. Woohoo! Go, me!
Only not really as I don’t like not having a plan. I like knowing what is coming around the next corner, what my days could be looking like weeks in advance. But that’s a mindset that does not help because setting out to do new things or tweak known things involves varying degrees of not knowing what comes next. Shocking, but true. Besides which, the whole process of change and growth often does involve trying things you don’t necessarily know you’ll be able to do. There is an inherent risk of failure. And the thought of failure – of getting something wrong and mucking up and being embarrassed about it all – holds me back, oh, a lot. Yup, 43 years old and still worried I’ll make a fool of myself in some way with some thing. Don’t go, me!
So. Here I sit with a couple of quotes and couple of ideas. Namely:
- I know God has good plans for me – not plans to harm me – and I need to genuinely take Him at His word on the matter.
- I need to stop saying, “Here’s why not …” Then I need to replace it with, “Why not?” And then see what happens or comes next.
- Henry Ford is attributed with saying he was looking for a lot of men who had an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done. I like that idea as it speaks of an adventuresome and brave spirit I often do not have (and I’d like to change that).
So. This leaves me with some goal setting to do and seeing where that takes me over the remaining 356 (and change) days. Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you have some good plans ahead of you for 2015.