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Saturday, January 01, 2011

'Everyone should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.' -- Henry Ward Beecher

As an adult I've usually enjoyed New Year's more than Christmas. The last day of the year hands everyone a gift - 365 days of potential and possibilities. Before you is a field of snow, pristine, without footfall. It's up to you to take the first step, make your mark, and blaze a trail thru uncharted territory.

Consider what you want out of this fresh new year. That's what resolutions are, actually. You make a compact with yourself - 'I resolve to accomplish this, to achieve that, to change, to improve.' Goals, challenges, targets... it's all the same, really. THIS is what I want, THIS is where I want to be, THIS is my destination.

I tend to see resolutions (goals) more as waymarkers, though. It's not a finish line, as such. Just like climbing steps or passing the one-mile, two-mile, ten-mile signposts, you are marking the distance on your journey. The first thing to do, then, is choose your waymarkers.

Break your resolution (goal) into smaller units. You want to lose fifty pounds, so set waypoints at ten-pound intervals. Size 22 to size 12? Plan the interim goals of 20, 18, 16, 14.

Each of these steps will be an achievement in itself, and as success builds on success, you will be moving ever closer to your goal - and thereby fulfilling the resolution you make today.

If 'I want to--' is one-half of the equation, the other half is 'And in exchange I am willing to--' More choices: what are you willing to do in order to achieve the resolutions (goals) you've lined up for yourself?

If your goal is to walk 30 minutes each day, in exchange you might choose from:

1) Waking up a half-hour earlier.
2) Retiring a half-hour later.
3) Foregoing a sitcom.
4) Cutting a half-hour off computer time.

...and so on. Some of your 'exchanges' might consist of learning (reading nutritional panels), of trial-and-error (can I substitute this for that?), or plain ol' sweat (I can't cut calories any farther from my meal plan so I need to burn more calories with exercise).

The trick is, do you want your resolutions (goals) enough to work for them? Because Life isn't going to hand you the accomplishment - it will only hand you the tools to reach the accomplishment. Where you go from there is up to you.

Seize the year!

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  • no profile photo CD8892603
    My GOODNESS, lady!! What a motivational writer you are!!! I've been reading several of your blogs. Have now signed up to be notified when you write a new one. I started back at the beginning. Love the idea of the walking blog with pictures. I'm going to do that! later in the year! You did it last year in May, that sounds like a good month to do it, or I'm thinking I might do it in April. Do you plan on doing it again this year? Maybe we could do it together?

    Anyway, I just couldn't keep reading without making a comment. I'm really getting a lot out of your blogs and..............

    I'm contemplating starting a blog today. my first. no promises, but I am building up to the first day and today just might be that day. :) You are motivating me to get started!
    3572 days ago
    3609 days ago
    My thoughts too! New Year, New Start - I like the idea of exchanges. I just have to write down my mini goals and what my exchanges will be

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    3620 days ago
    Thank you, my Wise Friend!!

    (this person looks very wise, don't you think?!)
    3622 days ago
    Hmmm - got me there! You inspired me to make my "30-minutes"-exercise a day a little smaller, I will go for ten minutes on the stationary bike and in exchange I will get upp ten minutes earlier...
    3622 days ago
  • JUNEBUG4967
    Happy New Year Kasey! Yes, the idea of an exchange - based on the gift of time. Our priest spoke of this also in his homily today. And yes, the hard question is "am I willing to make that exchange?" even tho it is something I want.
    Or is is wishful thinking again?
    3622 days ago
    emoticon This is hy I subscribe to your Blogs. I love the idea of 'Exchanges'.
    The Choices or 'Exchanges' that we make really do reveal what is important to us.
    3623 days ago
    Thanks for this blog of renewal on this first day of the new year.

    Your message is a good one - that each resolution must by accompanied by some commitment for action.

    Here's to a GREAT year for all of us!

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    3623 days ago
    Love this blog and it's so inspiring! Thanks!!
    3623 days ago
    As usual, very well written and some good ideas there.
    3623 days ago
  • DR1939
    Useful and inspirational.
    3623 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6484093
    Great blog. The one sentence that kind of stood up and slapped me in the face: "The trick is, do you want your resolutions (goals) enough to work for them?" You see, this is the first time I set some goals for myself. Realistic goals. And now, after having read your blog, I wonder if it's wishful thinking or whether I have the gumption to actually do the work and make the sacrifices to make those goals reality. Probably a little bit of both. But I must do my best to ensure that it's mostly action and not so much whishing. Happy New Year, Kasey!
    3623 days ago
    emoticon Loved this blog and love the possibilities of a new year...a clean slate. Now,deciding how to make the most of this gift...with no excuses and wasting of precious time.

    I plan on seizing this year! emoticon Happy New Year, Kasey!
    3623 days ago
  • EAGLE101
    3623 days ago
    ---Good blog!----- Make the resolutions happen!! emoticon
    3623 days ago
    As always, thoughtfully written! Thank you and a very blessed New Year to you!
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    3623 days ago
  • REJ7777
    What a great blog, filled with practical advice and wisdom! I always love this time of year with that fresh page before me. It's a time to analyze and refocus, to let go and start anew.

    You write: "If 'I want to--' is one-half of the equation, the other half is 'And in exchange I am willing to--' " I think that taking the time to plan that exchange is precisely the difference between setting goals and mere wishful thinking.

    I just read a good quote on someone else's SparkPage: "It's easy to say you're too tired, too stressed, too busy, too this or too that. Too bad. The only way you'll strip away the fat is to start by stripping away the excuses." -- Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen- You on A Diet

    I wish you a happy and healthy 2011, dear SparkFriend! emoticon
    3623 days ago
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    3623 days ago
    Well said truths! I'm up for it! 2011 is going to be a great year, one day at a time.

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    3623 days ago
    I will definitely seize this year!!!!!
    3623 days ago
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