I find it very important to make New Year’s Resolutions that I think will improve my way of life or achieve various goals I might have. Yes, I know, everyone makes the resolution to go to the gym every day and to lose a bunch of weight. Of course, I want that too. I try to make mine a little more realistic to where I’m certain I will be able to go the distance and finish the year achieving my goal. I was very successful this past year. I allowed a one-time lapse on my birthday though; I was craving some McDonalds French fries. This year I am planning on having some New Year’s Resolutions that are both personal and work related. I have a lot of big goals that I want to achieve, and I need to make the effort to get there. I’m sure I won’t achieve all of them, but I desperately want to.
Some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions are anything from quitting smoking, learning something new, spending more time with friends and family, enjoying life, and even getting organized. These are all good, but kind of generic. These are all process focused and have no distinct objective. I try to be more specific with mine. This past year I decided to give up drinking soda and eating fast food. I think the only time I had a little taste of soda was when I absentmindedly ordered a Whiskey Coke out somewhere. I allowed myself to have fast food once, as previously noted. Otherwise, I mostly observed through the year. There were a few that I did not do so good on, such as working out more, working on my house more, and walking my dog every day; we walk him often, just not every day. I did not include many career focused resolutions, but I know that I will this year.
This year, I’m going to continue not to drink soda and eat fast food. I am going to try to expand on that to where I’m not going to eat fried food, especially if its battered. I had to give myself a loop hole, so I can eat chicken wings; they are fried, but I don’t like them if they are battered. Great, now I’m hungry. Another personal one is to work out more. I want to go to the gym at least four days a week, hopefully more. Along with going to the gym, I want to get up early at least three days a week to take my dog for a run. I’m not excited about this one — I love my sleep, and I don’t like to run. Another with health in mind, is to eat healthier. I already don’t eat much candy, but I will try to not eat any. Holidays will be tough for that. Another idea, that I literally just thought of, is that I will cook at home more, trying out new recipes and challenge myself in the kitchen, all while being healthy. I know, this is process focused, so I’ll have to work out the specifics.
For my job-related resolutions, they are most simple. I don’t want to get discouraged and fall back on bad habits. I think I will set one or two for now and add to my plan for the year as they become ingrained in my routine. One that I don’t feel will be a challenge will be to continue to write this blog. I hope to get better in my writing, and what I’m writing about, but that’s a different issue. I’m not counting that in my one or two resolutions. For those, I will say that I want to make it a habit of going and previewing houses at least four days a week; that could help my going to the gym goal too. I enjoy previewing houses in the areas that I work, I just don’t do it enough. The second one will be to call and visit expired listings and for sale by owner houses. It can’t hurt, the worst thing that could happen is they tell me no and to go away. At least they will have met me and will have a face to go with the name. All my goals are to get my name as a REALTOR® more recognized, so more people think of me, when they want to buy or sell a house.
My theory is that if you have a larger goal that you want to achieve, set interim objectives that will lead you on the path to your larger one. I use the New Year as an opportunity to start setting those smaller goals that will help me achieve my dreams. Dream big, and then dream small to get you there. Have a great day, and New Year, and let’s go see some houses (I’ll be going four days a week, so come join me).