Between December and January, everyone seems to be all afuss over their new year’s resolutions an whether or not they’ll be keeping them this year… Whether they kept last year’s and how laughable that subject actually is.
I love this time of year!
But I’m a bit more specific about what kind of things I set myself up to work on for the year to come. I don’t like vague or “kind of’s” when it comes to goal setting.
And that brings up another point not many people consider around this time of year; there’s a difference between resolutions and goals.
Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something; the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.
Goal: the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
For example: It would be a resolution to wake up the next day and never eat another cheeseburger, smoke another cigarette, or procrastinate another work assignment until you’re stressed out and strung out.
It would be something you’d start doing day one.
It’s not really something you’re working toward. It’s something you make your mind up to do or not. It’s a decision. There is no end result, there is a continual mindset.
For example: It would be a goal to lose ten pounds in the next three months by eating two completely healthy meals a day and exercising three days every week.
A goal is something you must work toward every day, and there will be an end result.
Me? I suppose I do both.
Last year, I wrote some goals up (in December 2014) that I wanted to achieve in 20015. This year, I read those goals December 2015 and was happily surprised to see how much I’d accomplished, how much my situation and I’d changed.
I didn’t look at the list for the entire year, so some things I didn’t even realize had bothered me that badly then. Half of my list I accomplished, half I’ve made some major headway with, and the other half I no longer could work on or didn’t achieve.
It was nice to see that I’d made progress. I suppose it’s always nice to see that a person is changing in the direction they want to be.
In December of 2015 I also wrote up my list of goals for 2016, folded it up, and put it away. I wonder what that list will look like when I open it up on the last day of this year.
Amazing how much a year can change.
Did you make any goals or resolutions for the year?
Imbolc is either today or tomorrow (it depends on what resource you use, none of the calendars this year agree).
It’s a Celtic festival that celebrates the end of winter and the approaching sunnier days.
The Celts celebrate the rebirth of nature during this festival.
Use this time to create plans for what you want in the near future and begin working towards achieving them. In essence, planting seeds and nurturing them into growth.
This is a time of optimism and finding dreams and hopes and deciding on ways to achieve them.
A time for spring cleaning – mentally and physically – so you can get rid of the clutter, making way for newness in your life.
Fire and sunlight are major symbols at this time of year.
Is there a habit you’d like to get rid of and a healthier one you’d like to begin?
It’s also a time of healing.
Is there something you can do to better your health?
Some believe it was a tradition to keep a fire lit inside your home the entire day. Others believe it was tradition to light a candle in each room of your home at the same time.
A birch branch was used to sweep the clutter out of your house while you cleaned.
I totally love the symbolism. ;)
Now is when you renew your current goals and/or resolutions. (hence me adding it with this post)