This time of year, I’m particularly discretionary in choosing articles from blog feeds because too many sound alike in reference to resolutions. It wasn’t until I came across Entrepreneur’s “Forget Setting Goals. Focus on this Instead.” that I stopped to read and take heed. It talks about the finality of goals – once we reach them, we tend to lose motivation. Case in point: after weeks of marathon training, motivation runs amuck once the finish line is crossed OR after studying hard for a test, the daunting details are forgotten. hmmmm
As the article states, “When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.” THIS is how I want to live my 2014 and beyond. THIS is how I will help my students live their 2014s and beyond. It’s about focusing on the journey not the finish line. Goals are not senseless; they are good for planning what we do and how we progress on the journey. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big advocate for lists (just take a glance at some of my previous posts under “Listing through Life”) . . . I just think that when we focus more intently, more inwardly, more presently, we progress more authentically.
2014 Life Resolutions**
**a sampling 🙂
1. I will invest in the daily habit of actively sharing, spreading and shining MORE L O V E. Look out blogging friends, that means you too!! You’ll see plenty of smiley faces and exclamation marks around this site! 🙂
2. Every day I’m with my students, I will continue to ensure EACH student KNOWS I appreciate him or her being present on that day (even a 30-second acknowledgement can make a difference). Each student brings something special to the classroom and the world, and there are too many who don’t believe that about themselves.
3. I will present and/or collaborate at as many conferences as I can. I will take and/or teach as many tech courses as my schedule allows. Technology offers wonder and discovery every day, and I look forward to sharing the exciting trials and tribulations!!
4. Every time I assign a blog post for my students, I will create a similar blog post. I’ve always proudly practiced this with my speech students – every time I assign speeches, I give a similar one myself. I’ve fallen too far behind in personal blogging and this process will keep the keys clicking.
5. I will read every book that I currently own but have not yet read. This includes YA books, professional development books, fitness and nutrition books, memoirs and picture books. I may not write reviews for all on my Goodreads page, but I will honestly rate them.
6. I will conquer the headstand . . . not just the against-the-wall headstand. I have a mental block on this that I’d like to conquer. Classes at my yoga studio will very much help this.
7. I will try an ariel yoga class. A trapeze class would be fun too! And how about a trampoline class?!!! My mini trampoline only gets so far.
8. I will run the Disneyland 10K with my daughter and enjoy the long-distance progress tracking we’ll be doing for each other along the way.
9. I will attend a yoga retreat to focus on balance and meditation . . . . preferably in a state, country or region in which I’ve never been.
10. I will dance it out somehow, some way, every day!! I used to – no reason not to now. We need more dancing!
And the list goes on . . . .