So long 2012, Welcome 2013!
This time last year, I wrote about my distaste for resolutions (see post below). I still feel the same but I am in the process of developing major changes in 2013 by setting personal and professional goals intended to improve my health and quality of life. Goals are achievable and measurable outcomes that have clear, step by step plans of action to success. Goals require thoughtful consideration, documentation, and flexibility. Goals need periodic reassessment and nurturing. Resolutions are whims and wishes that can easily be broken year after year.
For example, one of my professional goals for 2013 is to build and expand the number of blog followers, Facebook likes, and website sign ups for each of my sites. This requires a series of marketing steps over the next several months. I can easily measure my success by the number of hits on each site.
It is sheer coincidence that the changes I begin making now occur as one year ends and another begins. As the new combination of medications and vitamins relieve debilitating symptoms, my brain fog is dissipating. I decided to focus all of my professional energy on my life coaching and exploring the possibility of writing a book on living joyfully with chronic illness. I am exploring new ways that bring me greater satisfaction in personal development. In short, I have spent some time on my web of life, considered its weakness, and am working on strengthening it once again.
I have many dreams in my future but achieving my goals and setting new ones are
needed for my dreams to come true. Making new changes in life is kind of scary but it is also exciting. I realize that my chronic illness may need adjustments to timelines that I set but that’s okay. I know that my illness is part of me. But it is not
going to stop me from doing what I want and living the life I dream.
I can help you set new goals to live more joyfully despite chronic illness. Contact me at email@example.com and let’s schedule time to chat on the phone!
Resolution Free – Re-post from January 1, 2012
I want to briefly write about resolutions because I think they are foolish. Lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more, blah blah blah. Each year, people decide that this is the year of change but do they really want to make those changes or do they simply think they should because of how others may feel or because they don’t feel good about themselves.
The truth is, the calendar has no relevance to living and managing the life you want. If you want to do something, and you feel good then you are more likely to success. When you are up and in a positive mood and your instinct tells you the time is right, you will be able to think clearly and increase your chances of achieving your dream of a healthier and happier life.
When I made the decision to move to Alaska to become a school counselor in remote villages, it was not a resolution that made me do it. When the opportunity presented itself, I immediately took the opportunity because I knew in my gut it was the right thing to do. I owned a house that wouldn’t sell, a house full of furniture, memorabilia, and junk that needed dealing with but I didn’t care. I also have chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia and would be driving thousands of miles with two dogs.
Nothing is insurmountable if it’s what you believe is the right thing to do.
When I met my husband in the tiny village of Nulato, Alaska, I was not so much resigned but accepting of living my life as a single woman with my dogs. But my instinct for the first time, told me that this was a man who was good for me. After three years, we moved to his home state of Texas, married and life for me is as it should.
It wasn’t my resolution of 2011 to become a life coach for people with disabilities. Coaching was in the back of my mind for years but it just didn’t seem doable. In fact, my ‘aha moment’ came one night while in the midst of a fibro-flare up. I needed to take time off from completing my M.ED because I was unable to think straight, suffered low energy, and was functioning on auto-pilot and not with purpose. One night, it just hit me and I knew it was the perfect career choice. I got busy marketing, talking to people, and writing. I’ve had lots of experience in non-profit management, education, and even some corporate experience but knew nothing about starting my very own business. But I am finally working towards growing my dream career regardless of obstacles.
Of course nothing is easy and dreams are usually developed over time. You will know when the time is right to move forward and act. Your mood will be high, your thoughts clear, and you will follow your instincts.
Instead of making resolutions this year, consider your dreams and if you need to get your ‘head’ in the right place to move forward, I can help you move forward to strengthen your web of life.