Ending 2018 on a Positive Note

I have been sick with one thing or another since Thanksgiving. From tummy woes to scratchy throat and an annoying cough, seems I have been plagued. I feel so unprepared for the New Year 2019, as I sit here and drink my peach bubbly at 7pm because there is no way this girl will be up past 9pm. Tonight, at this moment, is honest the first chance I have had to sit down and let it dawn on me that 2018 is coming to a close.

Wow, what a year.

We are supposed to make New Year’s Resolutions, right? To be honest, though, I have not put much thought into resolutions this time around. Not sure if it is because I have been sick, super busy, or perhaps my view on it has changed. I am trying to view the things I want to accomplish in 2019 as goals rather than resolutions.

To me, goals just sound better. It doesn’t sound so harsh. Goal seems more forgiving, like I know I am a work in progress and am imperfect, while a resolution–to me, anyway–sounds like if you do A, B, and C, it will fix all your problems. That’s what a resolution is, right? An answer to a problem?

Sure, I have “problems” just like everyone else, but I am trying not to call them that or view them that way. Sure, there are things I would love to change and improve about myself and my life, but what happens if I complete a “resolution” and it doesn’t “fix” my “problem”? Going into 2019 thinking about what all what wrong with me didn’t seem like a positive start to the year. I don’t think it is productive or a good way to start the year. Who wants to go into 2019 thinking, “Oh, man. All of this is wrong”? To me, that sounds overwhelming because what if I fail and screw up?

Failure is part of success, after all.

That’s why I like the word “goal” so much better. I can be flexible with that. So, this didn’t work? Oh well. Re-evaluate and try something else. Maybe a different way, since many things have more than one way to solve.

Resolution, to me, sounds like a fix to a problem, while goal sounds like something to strive for. See the difference? Instead of me thinking, “Wow, I need to lose weight” or something like that, how about I say, “I want to finish the Color Run 5K this year” instead? Goal sounds so much more positive because I have an opportunity to grow, versus a resolution sounds like something is wrong with me. Maybe I am looking way too deeply into this, but the thought of a New Year’s “resolution” made me cringe.

So, here’s to New Year Goals! Whatever your goals, I hope 2019 brings you much success and happiness. I hope your goals challenge you to grow. You’re not a problem to be fixed; you’re a work in progress meant to be better than you were yesterday. I plan to keep doing the good while working on the not-so-good.

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