ATTITUDE IS A LITTLE THING THAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. ~ Winston Churchill
Monday, January 2, 2012
2011 Resolutions Recap
I thought it would be good to review and analyze how I did with last year's resolutions. Some of my goals were easy to remember and work on, some were not. Here's a recap of my 2011 resolutions:
1. Make a positive impact on someone's life each day.
2. Take a cooking class
3. Learn to better control my reactions and not allow the actions of others to dictate how I react and how I feel.
4. Be a more patient and considerate driver.
5. Run in a 10K and then a Half Marathon.
6. Take time each week to write down the highlights.
For #1 - making a positive impact each day - I had a good start, beginning each day with a prayer and conscious decision to do this but as the days passed, the demands of life gradually took the front seat and pushed this farther back in my thoughts. I definitely made progress in making a conscious choice to stay positive so I feel this goal was met (I wouldn't say finished because this goal will be a continual work in progress throughout my life.
For #2 - taking a cooking class - I completely missed this one. I'm going to do it this year though, really! I failed to make the time to find a local class to register for. Cooking/Baking is something I really enjoy (not a surprise to anyone who's browsed my blog) so this year I'll find a class and make the time to go.
For #3 - better control of my reactions - again this one will be a continual work in progress but having made the decision to not let the actions of others dictate how I react and feel made a BIG difference. Deciding ahead of time that I'm in control of how I feel and how I'll react helped me to pause in those difficult moments, think things through and decide how I wanted to respond. Definitely a success.
For #4 - being a more patient and considerate driver - I've made big gains in this area. All I have to do is imagine that a driver who makes me frustrated is a friend or family member or that they're in the middle of their own crisis and I instantly feel more patient with them. This works most of the time and has helped me be a more patient and considerate driver - success for this goal.
For #5 - run in a 10K and then a Half Marathon - well, I kind of skipped the 10K and went straight for the Half Marathon. Not only did I finish it, but I didn't do half bad and have already registered to run in two Half Marathons this year. I'm going to have a lot of fun runs this year.
For #6 - writing down the highlights of each week - I started out okay with this and then completely dropped the ball. This is one I wish I hadn't failed on and I'm recommitting to do better this year. I don't want to forget all the special moments that happen throughout the year and obviously the best way to remember them is to write them down. I think I'll post a reminder note on my mirror.
I'll be thinking about this years goals and posting them during the next week.
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong because at some point in your life, you will have been all of these."
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson