Missed Your New Years Resolution? Go for the Chinese one like me!

I’m not a fan of New Year Resolutions.  On Jan 1st we tend to be knackered, broke, and there’s a hell of a lot of pressure associated to them.  Plus, most people fall off the bandwagon within a few days/weeks.  At the end of last year I panicked because I was meant to be launching a whole new exiting project in the New Year of 2011, but with the kids falling ill at the end of the school term, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make it.  So after a short panic, I decided to sit with it for a bit and see where it went.

I’m ever so glad that I did, because I made some big changes to my programs, and realised that I’m a much bigger fan of the chinese new year timescale.  Plus I’ve had some time to mull over what my resolutions for this year are going to be.  But first I had a look back at 2010.  It might have been a tough year, but it is often considered wise to balance your view of a year as having both ups and downs, before planning the next one and it helped me to look back.

Looking at Wikipedia it says that the Chinese New Year is ‘is a great way to reconcile; forgetting all grudges, and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone’.  The year of the rabbit starts on Wednesday and from the forecasts I’ve read online it sounds like a much more gentle year than the ones we’ve had; good thing too!  One forecast said ‘Calm and gentle, but persistent’, which sounds like a good plan for my year.

So if you’ve had some problems with your New Year Resolutions this year, have another go on Wed.  Oooooh and keep your eye on my blog for my BIG announcement of something FREE that I’m sure you will love.  I wrote a little free ebook ages ago about setting NYR’s, you are welcome to check it out and see if it helps.  The key is to remember that they are YOUR resolutions, so try not to set them for everyone else or what they think you should do.  Oh and my big bug bear is people doing the weight loss thing.  So if that is what you have picked, bear in mind that you  will be way more successful if your goal matches your actions.  For that you need to be clear on whether you are aiming to be slim, fit, or healthy; they are in fact often very different things!

My resolutions for 2011 are:

  1. Help Curly Headed Boy with settling in at school more (you’ll have seen my previous blogs about this)
  2. Spend more time with Little Dimples (I have a month of major workload, and then I plan on cutting back big time)
  3. Be more me (I’m blogging more because I love it, and rediscovering the me that now has 2 children, and looking at how to make sure that I don’t hide ‘me’ sometimes at home)
  4. It’s make or break time for my work (I totally get that in the last few years I’ve had 2 kids, so it’s understandable to have not made a profit in 11 years, but that time is over and it’s got to be more than just a hobby that pays for itself practically speaking.  I want to pay tax, how daft is that!).
  5. Become more healthy (I don’t have a big weight loss aim, but I am focussing a lot more on the 5 a day, more variety in my diet, light exercise, and to get to a healthier weight within a couple of months).

That’s it; my resolutions for 2011.  What are yours?  Did you stick to the Jan 1st option, or do you fancy the Feb 3rd option instead?

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