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I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions!

While I enjoy reading other’s 2013 reflections and 2014 resolutions, I must admit, I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. Unless you count vague promises to yourself of things you know you will never do. Which is why I got such a kick out of this image a friend sent me – rather apt!

No clue of its 'provenance' but rather amusing...

No clue of its ‘provenance’ but rather amusing…

However, I do have goals and I do set out to carry out certain things too.

10 accomplishments in 10 years

A highly successful, goal oriented friend gave me a rather interesting ‘present’ for my 40th birthday. He sat me down and prompted me to write a list of 10 things I would try to accomplish in the next 10 years. I came up with only eight at the time which he pronounced ‘fine’ as it provided scope to add new accomplishments over the course of the decade.

In a strange way it has worked. In the list I put a few things I hadn’t dared dreamed of doing which really pushed the “art of the possible.” Without realizing it then, this list opened the path to fairly drastic life changes, resulting in unexpected and very positive developments.

Remarkably, in the 4 years since, I’ve checked-off some pretty important accomplishments and made progress on others. I’ve added another item and recognized that one was a product of a certain set of circumstances which no longer apply – so I’ve guilt-free let myself off the hook for it!

Tasks not goals

In 2013, this same friend hung up his hat as Managing Director and took six months completely “off” work of any kind. He is now shifting gears towards setting up his own independent ventures and I have no doubt he will be a smashing success.

Interestingly, he shared that for once, he didn’t spend days carefully considering and crafting his goals for the coming year. Instead he set out a few simple tasks and committed to having a ‘goal-free’ 2014.

Now that is something I can get behind. I won’t bore you with my task list but I have a funny feeling my efforts to complete some just may make their way to this blog.

Best wishes with your resolutions, goals, tasks or flagrant disregard for them all!

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10 Comments

  1. Ah, covert resolutions… we like that 😉
    I have three, one of them being more travel. I only left the country three times last year, which wasn’t enough for me. Also, I’m finally going to move to Madrid, I need a bit more ‘life’ going on around me.
    Look forward to reading about your exploits over the coming year!

    • Gotta keep some suspense going right? Plus don’t want the public humiliation when half the task list lies incomplete. 😉

      I like your travel one – I too only made it to 3 countries in 2013 – Thailand, Indonesia & Canada. Which is a remarkably short list given what had become the norm in the last few years. Have a funny feeling will do better this year!

      Can’t wait to hear more about your move to Madrid – no doubt there will be all sorts of interesting and new distractions. Best wishes & look forward to reading all about it and the fab pics!

  2. Expat Eye says:

    Leave Latvia. That is all 😉 The wine and the cake can stay 😉 Good luck with your list! Looking forward to reading all about it!

  3. Glynis Jolly says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever liked the word, goal. It makes me think of physical sports, which I’m lousy at anyway. The word, task, is a little better although it does make me think of household chores.

    • Haha!

      Believe it or not my task list has one category titled “Don’t wanna do” for those pesky necessities that I would prefer to avoid. 🙂 Let’s see how I do with it!

      And yeah, goals seem so lofty and I’ve always been slightly intimidated as my over-achieving friend who is so focused on surpassing all his goals! I’m just not so disciplined. 🙂

  4. Karolyn Cooper says:

    Even if goals and resolutions are worthwhile, I think 1 January in the northern hemisphere is a daft time to try them. I just want to sit inside my warm house and finish the Christmas tin of Quality Street chocolates.

    But here’s another idea. I wrote a list of friends inside the first page of my 2014 diary, intending to add some contact details, and then thought of the list as a source of a New Year’s resolution. I resolve to build up my relationships with those friends in the next year. Maybe this is especially important for me because I’ve moved from one country to another. Now I’ve got 20 friendships to nurture in the coming year. A bit easier than giving up cakes.

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