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Monday, January 3, 2011

Question of the Week: What Are Your Goals for 2011?

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I know that New Year's resolution have a bad rap, and yet I still eagerly participate in this yearly ritual.

Perhaps it is because I want to have a fresh start each year. However, in breaking with tradition, I have come to see this less as stating resolutions and more as an exercise in yearly goal setting.

I often get started by writing down a list of my intentions for the next year.

I find having goals and intentions in mind helps me then create a list of action steps or targets that I can work on throughout the year. Now that I am living with chronic illness, I find that narrowing my focus to one of two goals per year, rather than an endless list of all the things I'd like to change in my life, makes this process simpler and ultimately more doable.

Of course much of my focus continues to be on my quest to create my best life despite chronic illness.

I realized I as was recording a recent video blog post that I already have a new goal in mind. I want to find the "sweet spot," a location inside my energy envelope where I have some energy left after each day. I want to find out if living in the "sweet spot" allows me to bank energy that my body can use towards healing. You can learn more about this concept by watching my Energy Envelope Tutorial.

Today I want to hear from you. Do you set New Year's resolutions for yourself? Do you take the time to do some goal setting or write down your intentions at the beginning of the year? Or was your resolution to give up making resolutions?

Kindly leave your response to the weekly question either here using the comment button or by going to the Oh My Aches and Pains! Facebook page.

I also want to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a happy and prosperous New Year, filled with love, hope and blessings.

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5 comments

ashpauls said...

I'm usually against New Year resolutions like I am against wishing on 11:11 lol. It never seems to work out! This year, since I am getting close to moving, and making changes in my life, I want to start anew. I'm working on smaller doable resolutions for through out the next year and am excited to get them going!

Sonja said...

I never do resolutions, but this year the new things that I want to do just happen to line up with New Years.

I've been reading and talking to doctors about how to manage my fibro better. I want to exercise regularly and eat better (more fruits, veggies, less junk food, that sort of thing). I also want to keep reading about fibro so I can be educated about treatment plans and options.

I want to make sure I don't turn into my fibro dx, but to remain someone who just happens to have that.

I need to make sure I'm attending to my emotional health as well as my physical health.

The biggest thing is just to be patient and understanding with myself and any limitations I may have on a particular day depending on what illness is flaring up.

Krista said...

Ugh. So far behind in my readings. Major flare up this week. My resolution: Simplify. My life, my chores, my triggers, my flare ups.

Mo said...

Hi Selena,
I don't make resolutions. Ever.
2010 was a hard year for me, my illness got the better of me at times and taking care of my Mom while she was dying took a lot out of me. So I am hoping for a healthier and healthier 2011. I think that's all I need.

bonniesue60 said...

Hi Selena,
I have decided for the new year that my goals are to get keep myself committed to the things I need to do to keep my chronic pain under control which also benefit my other health issues. These include a healthier eating lifestyle, going to the YMCA for my pool exercising without excuse, and to help my family and friends understand what we go through with these illnesses because I believe it is their lack of knowledge about fibromyalgia, CFS and chronic pain that causes their negative reactions to my flare ups.