|photo by DB|
I have been trying to hit that particular dart board for two years now. I even had a fitness challenge for all the world to see in TrikkeWorld Magazine last year. I squeezed off twenty pounds. Still not bad. And for about five minutes last month, I was able to make my twenty pound reserve goal for this year as well. Yes, you read right, about five minutes, but a very important five minutes because I had a witness, my doctor. So that counts, right?
About five minutes later my pants were a bit tighter. And they've gotten even tighter since that moment. It was just last month... how elusive. How sweet. How attainable once again. Even though I have put on some pounds giving thanks for all I have, I'll go back down again. There is not much hope for this month but I have high resolutions for 2013.
Will I still shoot for 50 pounds? I doubt it. After all, I learned that is unrealistic for my particular eating style and age. And the 20 pounds I did drop occurred because of my 3CV since I am such a lousy dieter.
My resolution for 2013 is therefore to carve more. And that's an easy resolution to keep. Yet, is it a resolution or a goal? What is the difference between resolutions and goals or are they one and the same?
Actually, a resolution is a way of stating intent, as in "I will do this..." whereas a goal is not only more specific, but it has actual steps associated with it to achieve said resolution. The SMART system for setting goals sets the bar as to what qualifies as a goal, and SMART stands for:
So maybe my resolution of losing 50 pounds was neither realistic, timely or attainable. It did hit the high notes of specific and measurable though. Resolutions are good, but goals are action plans waiting for us to put intention into them. Resolutions are wishful thinking while goals have power.
What will you include in your goals for 2013? Will they be actual goals or just a retread of resolutions that you will never reach yet still hold onto in hopes you can will it to be? Put some weight behind your resolutions, change them to goals, then reach for the stars -- the ones just beyond your grasp.You'll be surprised at the length of your arms.