This year, being new and fresh, I’ve decided to forego the resolutions and lists. See, I’m more of a thinker. A few years ago I took the gallup strengths test and found mine were intellection, input, learner, relator and empathy. My husband on the other hand has more outgoing and active themes. He is an activator – a guy who can get things done – and I’m a thinker – one who loves to imagine all the possibilities ahead, but never tear myself away from my reverie to actually make those dreams happen! Therefore if you were to look over my journals from years past, you’d see the same lists of action points:

This year I will eat right, exercise more, get to bed earlier . . . you know the routine. How many years have I made a list of resolutions on the dawn of the first and by dusk of the second day I’ve already failed! Being an ‘all or nothing’ perfectionist, I’ve thrown in the towel and raised my flag of defeat rather than press ahead and persevere. I know, it’s sad. At least I know myself well enough to know that resolutions don’t inspire me.

I’m sure that those of you who are inspired and motivated by resolutions can’t relate to me, and I’m sorry to perplex you! But, because I know myself quite well by now, (I’ve been me for 48 years) I’ve decided to ‘trick’ myself into doing those things I really do want to do! Starting a blog will hold me accountable to writing every day. Hiring a personal trainer will force me to show up and ‘do the work’ rather than paying for a gym membership I rarely use. I desire to become stronger and healthier, and having to keep appointments with someone will insure that that happens!

I’m so relieved to finally have a plan that inspires me. I’m starting the new year without a list of resolutions, but with a plan to pull things out of myself that are really there, but just need to be coaxed into action!

I’ll keep you posted on my progress, but I know already that I feel more motivated by a plan than I ever did by a list of ‘have to dos’.

Happy New Year to you and I hope you find a few quiet moments to ponder your dreams and sketch a plan to coax them into being!

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3 Responses to “resolutions”

  1. Shelly Says:

    Kris, you do have a way with words and I love this! It is always good to hear what you are thinking and I like the idea of an action plan rather than a resolution that never happens. Keep it coming!

  2. Kathleen Schaffer Says:

    Hi Kris
    Stopping by to check out the new blog – I see you are off to a great start!
    As one who shares your top three from the strength finders test (intellection, learner, input) I look forward to hearing how having a PLAN versus a list works out for you – I like the idea.
    Happy 2010!
    Kathleen Schaffer

  3. Lisa Keith Says:

    Love it Love it Love it! Thank you for doing this. I have learned much from you over the years and am excited for new insights in this blog. I too have been thinking of ways to implement change without a paper list that will probably be made into an awesome paper airplane by my son. I will start tonight with an electronic journal entry, since I can’t find my other journal under the piles I need to organize. 🙂
    Love to you, and I can’t wait to read more,

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