A few days ago Erin of Design for Mankind posted a New Years “Un-Goal” list and it seems to have become the latest blogging trend (HERE and HERE)…and for good reason! As the New Year approaches, assessing what worked (and didn’t work) during the previous 12 months is as important (in my opinion) as planning your course for the future. The idea behind the Un-Goal List is to acknowledge the things that you are proud to have accomplished or maintained over the past year with the plan to “Keep It Up” in the next year. Haven’t we always learned that positive reinforcement is one way to secure good habits? Well, after an evening of serious contemplation and reflection (actually, I jotted down a few notes and sketched stars around my bullet points), I came up with a few things that I believe successfully got me to the happy place that I am now…and I would like to remember them in my sure to be adventurous 2011.
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My 2011 Un-Goals…Also Known as The Keep-It-Up List:
2) It is almost impossible to predict what is around the corner. If you keep your eyes open and mind and heart receptive to unexpected opportunities, you might find yourself in a situation that far exceeds your expectations. It happened once, it can happen again! (Well, maybe more than once.) KEEP IT UP!
3) One day at a time. KEEP IT UP!
4) Living on a tight budget is tough. Scratching the shopping itch for clothing is even tougher to avoid. You managed to keep yourself in check (within reason, of course) and made the most of your situation by exploring the treasure hunt called thrifting. KEEP IT UP!
5) Meeting new people in unfamiliar places (such as Texas) can be a tad nerve-racking, but there’s so much to be learned from others. Why miss a chance! KEEP IT UP!
Ahhh! I feel encouraged and confident about the coming year. Try this for yourself. It certainly makes the thought of a New Year’s resolution less daunting. And you might be pleasantly surprised at your own success!