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new year's improvements

It's that time of year when many of us have noted - with the best of intentions - whatever changes we wish to make over the coming twelve months.

Me? I'm terrible at keeping resolutions. I think it's often because the goals I set for myself are just too large. I always set out with a (poorly hatched) plan to lose weight/be more organised/keep the house tidy/start a business/etc etc etc but the thing is - each of those headline resolutions contain many significant challenges within themselves - "sub-resolutions" if you will. There's so many prerequisites involved in order to succeed at any of these things. It's almost like I set myself up for failure year after year.

So really, goals need to be broken down into smaller, more manageable tasks. And instead of planing to resolve, I'm simply going to plan to improve. Because some things take longer than one year to resolve... some may take a lifetime. Some things might never be resolved. But as long as I'm working at it and learning how to cope with things being a little - well - unresolved... I think that's more than good enough. I wholeheartedly believe that sometimes, success should be measured not in the final result, but in the small victories along the way.

My areas for improvement this year? More rest, more water and more creating; solid foundations for a happier me. And then, well... I guess anything's possible. (But let's just take things one step at a time).

What would you like to improve on this year?


15 comments :

  1. I think "poorly hatched plan" is the key to resolution fail and that's how most of us set our resolutions. It becomes more like a fantasy than an achievable goal.

    My resolution is simply to do more things. For most of my life I've been on the sidelines, watching and analysing everyone else but now I want to participate in my own life a bit more. Every day I don't do something I have to learn something.

    Your goals are great :)

    Erin // http://www.erinoxnam.com/

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  2. that sounds perfectly sensible and achievable claire, well done! I always found resolutions just too much and quite overwhelming, and usually unmanageable. So for the last few years I've chosen a single word which has been a great way to achieve broader goals. This year it's two words 'let go', I'm finding it a challenge already, but know it'll be good for us all..baby steps x

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  3. As i`m waiting for my first baby, I`ve decided to fill myself with positive thoughts and emotions,spend more time outside, get rid of junk, de-constructive things, be thankful and kind.so these are my goals.

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  4. You couldn't have said it better. I've never really set resolutions, because I generally don't follow through, but to simply 'improve' is certainly achievable. I'm going to figure out some sub-resolutions of my own today.

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  5. I am working on me. I need more balance within myself to be calmer and happier. x

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  6. What a lovely idea for resolutions Claire! My creative goal this year is to do the 52 project - just of the bump for the first half of the year and then of the baby for the second half. My resolution this year is to panic less, so perhaps to think and try and rationalise more. I'm so happy you've started coming back to this little blog of yours a little more!

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  7. I love all of this! It is so easy to get caught up in the "dream" resolutions, when sometimes all you need is to think small. Daily little reminders of what it is that can make your life that little bit happier are what I'm trying to focus on, rather than big expectations that I can't meet! Good luck for 2014 :)

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  8. a friend recommend this to me for the new year, "perhaps just bring to your attention a way you would like to feel……and then be open to letting it flow into your life (trying to control too much will block this natural flow). i love it. xx

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  9. Love the way you said, "Success should not be measured by the final result, but in the small victories along the way." I'm going to keep that close to my heart this year.

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  10. I love your thinking... I've never been one for resolutions either, but for the past week had been racking my brain trying to settle on a 'word for the year'... in the end, I've decided I don;t need or want a focus word, but would prefer to just focus on each day and its challenges/positives as it unfolds. I like your idea of measuring success by the small steps rather than the end result... exactly how I've been thinking xx

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  11. Gracias por explicar tan bien mis propios pensamientos!

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  12. So wise Claire, I like your thinking! xx

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  13. In an effort to not be so dependant on material things, I am not buying any new clothes this year.
    I am hoping not to buy any clothes at all but if I must, I can buy from op shops, consignment shops and fair trade designers.
    I like a bit of a challenge…and I think this will be good for me…and for my wallet!

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  14. Improve is my word for this year too. Your post express beautifully all my thoughts, feelings and hopes not only for this year, but for all my life expectations. And yes, some things and situations might never be resolved. Accepting them as part of the life is the most challenging thing, but usually that's what determine our paths. One thing at a time is probably the recipe for a better and happier life. I will try to keep that in mind as often as possible.

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  15. Beautiful. We sometimes set ourselves up with all of these goals and resolutions that we're so darned afraid to make mistakes. When actually, the mistakes are some of the best parts! Learning, experimenting, failing, and picking ourselves back up again... that is what makes the entirety of the year so beautiful. Lots of love to your family, and happy 2014 x x x

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment - it really means so much. I will try to reply where I can! xx