New Year’s Resolutions or Goals

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New Year’s Resolutions or Goals

That’s more of a question than a title. I stopped making resolutions many years ago. They are futile attempts to make miracles happen, at least in my case anyway. Goals are much more realistic and attainable.

Goals provide a sign post, if you will, to work toward. You can take steps toward that sign post. You can see the progress you are making as you take each step.

One of my goals is to become a better photographer, OK, learn to take a decent photo. How will I reach that goal? By taking lots of photos and experimenting with my new Canon camera. As I capture and view the photos I take I can see improvement. If I use this setting, this happens. If I change the light or the background, this happens. I can see the results as I take each step toward my goal. One day I will be able to say that I reached my goal of becoming a better photographer and I did it one step at a time.

Goals Vs Resolutions

Goals are not set in stone. You set your goals and then take another look later to see if the goal still matters, or if you have already reached them and need to set new ones. It seems to me that when you make resolutions you are setting something in stone that may not make sense later. That may not be the case for everyone, but it’s how I view them for myself.

Clearing Away the Clutter

It may also be that 2015 will be the year for clearing away the clutter; getting rid of this things that no longer serve you. I have already been examining some of things that no longer serve me so that I can make room for those that do.

With 2015 fast approaching have you thought about what you want to accomplish? Are you setting goals or making resolutions?

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year! 

Until next time…

Geek Girl

Geek Grandma

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  1. jacquiegum says:

    Ha! Great minds think alike, right? I do think goals are much more focused. Problem is, for a lot of folks goals equal resolutions. Take losing weight the #resolution every year for millions. They tend to abandon the goal juts as they do the resolution in an average of 6 weeks. I do think you are right in that goals can be re-examined; resolutions bear the heaviness of failure. But I love your goals…getting better at something, letting go of old habits. I'm letting go of washing Kleenex:)

  2. patweber says:

    Well I suppose I am making neither goals or resolutions – they usually just don't work for me anymore. They USED to but now I find, setting intentions with a mantra are what work for me. Last year it was the same as 2013 because – well I guess I didn't quite get there! It was – Everyday, everyway, inspired. That happened in 2014! Thank God.

    But I'm not quite there for 2015 so thanks for this nudge Cheryl!

  3. JeriWB says:

    I don't worry about the semantics, but probably create goals more so than resolutions as well. My main goal is to up my freelancing efforts since that's what's working and not worry so much about writing fiction cuz even before I started the dang book, I pretty much knew I preferred creative nonficton over fiction when it came to writing. I'll still finish and query, but have no intention of publishing in any form unless I am satisfied with it. If it takes five years, so be it 🙂

  4. Hi Cheryl, in my opinion resolutions are made to be broken. Goals are set to be attained. My goals for 2015 include the launch of my new website design and publishing of 2 more books. I'm going to keep them written down and in front of me to keep my focus on them throughout the year.

  5. I'm with you, Cheryl. I don't make resolutions, either. I do set informal goals that may have to be changed or massaged as the year progresses. But it's good to have something to strive for. Happy New Year to you, my friend!

  6. Agree with you Cheryl. Haven't had new years resolutions for decades. Goals I have though but set them at any day throughout the year. It's a way of pushing myself to achieve whatever it is.