Here we are, about six weeks away from the start of a new year. I’m not huge on resolutions — I’m a big fan of just livin’ your life — but made few last year in the spirit of things.
Turns out I kinda like them. I ride the line between the challenge of formalizing some goals and not wanting to apply undue pressure on myself. But I do like the idea of bringing an awareness to that which may need tweaking in your life. An upgrade to your OS, if you will.
However, because I am inherently lazy, I don’t tend to create overly-ambitious goals. Which is really easier on everyone. I figure when putting four goals to paper, there is a 50% chance I’m going to accomplish something. It’s really like creating two goals and leaving two goals-in-waiting, knowing you’ll likely need a year to create the intention, do some research, develop the courage, or gumption as some might say, to actually pull it off.
Here’s a recap of my 2011 Resolutions YTD (That’s Year-to-Date for those of you who don’t work in an office with numbers)
- Run a 5K – yep. Not gonna happen. I walked the mile in high school. I think I just needed a year to get over the fact that 5 sounds really big when it’s really only 2.3 miles. What is that, like 20 minutes? I can’t run for 30 seconds without my legs crying uncle. Maybe next year.
- Write more and publish it – hey, look at me! Check.
- Hot Yoga – definitely not going to happen. I went to a meditation thing recently at a hot yoga studio where the room had been cooling down for a couple of hours. I thought I was in India and going to die. And I was sitting still. I know people swear by it. I’m just not wired for it. At least I figured that out about myself. There’s an accomplishment.
- Meditation – check. Amazing things happen when you calm the monkeys in your mind. This practice was not unlike opening Pandora’s Box in some ways. Three-headed neurotic snakes oozed out but so did some pretty blue lights and some shrapnel of hope. Ultimately a good experience. I highly recommend it. Total game-changer.