2014 Mantra: Make it happen.

Earlier this week I attended a BodyPump class and while we were getting our weights set up the instructor asked if anyone made resolutions for the New Year.  Just like a class of nervous elementary students, everyone stopped what they were doing, faced the front of the room, and stared at her with a blank face.  No one raised their hand.  A minute later she said “Good!  Don’t!”  She continued to explain how as a personal trainer her schedule becomes flooded with new clients in January, but as the weeks go on her availability grows and her client list shrinks.

In 2014 I will... Make it happen. That was my “ah-ha” moment so to speak.  We all hear/read about people’s grand resolutions to do more of X and less of Y.  But as soon as things get tough they wave the white flag and throw their resolutions out the window.  I’m guilty of doing it myself…  I’ve worked hard for a few weeks, felt proud of myself, shared my successes with whoever would listen, but as soon as I experienced my first failure I gave up.

This year I’m taking a different approach.  I’m not making resolutions, rather I’m setting goals.  Realistic goals.  Goals that I can work towards throughout the year and hold myself accountable for.  I’m reminding myself that failure is oftentimes the first step towards success.

2014 Focus on my health

2014 Connect

2014 Disconnect

2014 Have faith

2014 Discuss our future

2014 Take pictures

2014 Blog

2014 Say no

2014 Pass teaching exams

2014 Receive teaching licenses

2014 Accept a teaching position

2014 Read

2014 Run 2-3 half marathons

2014 Run a full marathon Some goals are just one or two words so they may not make sense to anyone but me, but trust me when I say that I chose each goal for a reason – reasons that I’ll share later, otherwise this post would be a mile long.

It’s a total of 14 goals.  I didn’t plan to make a list of 14 to match the year, it just worked out that way.  Maybe it’s a sign?  Or maybe I’m just reading too much into it?  Regardless, in 2014 I will make it happen.

Question:  Did you make any resolutions?  Or goals?

Question:  How do you hold yourself accountable?

— Allison


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  1. I’m a goal maker. I also made 14, although it was to match the year :)

    I do hold myself accountable. I don’t always succeed, but I am going to do my best.

    Good luck with your goals for the year! You’re going to be amazing!

    • I think holding yourself accountable is the hardest part. And what may work for one person, such as keeping track in a journal, doesn’t always work for another person. Good luck with your goals!

  2. Love this, Allison! I like ‘goals’ way more than ‘resolutions’! Looking forward to following along with your progress on your goals through the blog! xo

    • Thanks Carly! I know that goals and resolutions are almost one in the same, but goals seem more attainable and realistic in my mind. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do to trick her mind into thinking things are doable 😉

  3. Those are great goals!! As a teacher myself, I say welcome to the club! 😀

  4. Great goals for 2014. I think in the last bit “resolution’ has become a bad word. I think people (sorta) realize the failure rate. I try to do littlle goals or challenges each month. That seems to do the trick for me. Happy New Year!

    • In my mind a resolution is the decision to change something and in contrast, a goal is something that you work towards. Change is always hard, regardless of what it entails. A goal on the other hand is much more achievable… At least in my mind!

  5. Love your goals because they are all very realistic. I think sometimes people set pretty lofty goals and get let down. Simple is good, but even the little things can make a big difference.

    • I agree! The little things add up to the big things… I think a lot of it has to do with people being impatient – they make a resolution and wish by some miracle it happens instantaneously.

  6. I love the way you framed these as “I WILL” (vs. “I hope to” or “I want to”). Do you plan to post your goals anywhere or keep track in any way? I find this helps , especially for the ones like “connect” or “focus on my health” which can be easy to remember for a few weeks and then forgotten like your instructor mentioned. Maybe even have more specific actions like “I will connect by sending 1 email per week and making 1 phone call per week to catch up with a friend.” Ok- unsolicited advice over :). You’re probably all over it anyway. Happy new year!! And… Do you know which races you’ll run yet?!?

    • I’m not sure how I’m gonna keep track of my progress yet. None of the goals are really alike so I may track each goal differently… Or not at all. Or maybe I’ll create a blog page? Time will tell!

  7. Great goals!! I have a few, not as many as last year which I hope means that I will be more successful… :)

  8. I don’t make resolutions either. For the exact same reasons as you. I throw in the towel the first time I have a slip up. Plus, most of the typical resolutions people make like “lose weight” or “eat more veggies” or “work out more” are things I already do without thinking about them. I like your goals much better. Also, I was going to ask if you wanted to do a 5k with me in February! We’ll talk :)

  9. I don’t make resolutions but through out the year I make goals for myself. I like your goals, I think they are all very attainable and they are all things you want to be doing!

    • It definitely differs person-to-person. I’ve tried making monthly goals in the past and it didn’t work out very well… I got frustrated at the end of the month if I didn’t reach the goal. Hopefully, with more time I’ll have more success!

  10. The only goal I make at the beginning of the year is for mileage (1000). I’ve been most successful when I make resolutions or goals at the point I need them most. For example, when I lost 40 pounds, it wasn’t because I resolved on January 1st to do it; it was because I got incredibly sick of the way I felt and that day was the last straw. Good luck with your goals!

    • Thanks! I’d love to someday make a goal of running X number of miles in a year, but I’m nervous to do so until I get my health under control. Good luck with all of your runs in 2014!

  11. I love this! I make goals for myself throughout the year rather than resolutions – with resolutions, I feel like a lot of people plan to make this giant changes, and then they fall through 6 weeks later. Hell, this week going to the gym, it’s been packed, so apparently people are already on their resolutions! Now, just to see how long they last…

    • I completely agree! A resolution in my mind is the desire to change something, whereas a goal is something to work towards. People oftentimes want things to change instantaneously which, obviously, isn’t realistic.

  12. I love reading resolution posts. I have my own personal list, but my one word for 2014 is DO. Similar to make it happen. Good luck to us both!

  13. I need to work in disconnecting AND saying “no” more often. Doing so, ultimately, would be very beneficial to both my physical and mental health.

  14. Pretty ambitious! LOL that’s a good way to be….. I usually make goals throughout the year but some of mine include taking more time to de-stress, working on the blog and becoming better at writing!

  15. For the past few years I’ve skipped making resolutions and focused on having a overall theme for the year. You have some great (realistic) goals on your list. Can’t wait to read more about each of these goals.

  16. I love this! We have some similar resolutions.


  17. I love your goals! Disconnect and run a full marathon are a few of mine as well. I like how you made them into pictures :) Happy New Year, Allison!

  18. I definitely make goals, not resolutions. It’s so tough to keep resolutions when they’re super vague (like “I will lose weight”) and don’t come with a plan on how to make it happen. I did have one super vague goal of eating healthier this year, but I plan on making a better plan of how to do that as soon as all the holiday craziness calms down :) It looks like you have some awesome goals for 2014!

  19. I love setting goals and action plans. I love the mantra “make it happen”! It’s good to make goals simple as well. Happy New Year!

  20. I don’t like resolutions…but I’m loving all your goals!!! Thanks for sharing them!! I may borrow a few for myself!

  21. I agree that resolutions are not a good idea. It takes time and effort to make changes. I like your goals, good luck with them. :)

  22. CONNECT and Disconnect YESSSSS I could not agree more with those two, they are at the top of my list!

    • Ha, glad someone understands what I’m talking about! My husband read them and said… “Aren’t those opposites?” Yes, but they’re for different parts of my life 😉

  23. I set small, achievable goals for myself. Mostly habits that I need to break that are tangible. This year I WILL stop bitting my nails!

    • That’s a good goal! My best friend is a nail picker, not biter, and she’s trying to break the habit too. You’ll have to share any tips or tricks that I can pass along to her 😉

  24. Those are some great goals girl!! No, I didn’t make any resolutions either… I don’t think they really stick & goals are so much better. :)


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