I've quit making New Year's resolutions.
See, what used to happen was, I'd get all gung-ho about 8 different things, and then when I'd mess up one of them, I'd just toss the whole list into the round file and go back to my regular unenlightened life.
I started a new system a few years ago that's actually working better for me. It still involves goals and change, just not quite so much at once.
There are times of the year that just seem to be more naturally motivating to me for different things. Like, say, in December I'm quite motivated to eat homemade pralines one after the other until I have a sugar high sweeter than a houseful of puppies jumping on a 4 year old.
But I guess that's not the kind of motivation I started out to talk about.
In January, I make one or two physical goals. ( I bet you saw that coming, after I just described my December!) It just seems like the whole world (at least my whole world) is thinking about this, and I can use the support.
I make my spiritual goals for 6 months at a time in April and October. For all you non mormons, that would be right after the prophet of the lds church speaks to the membership twice a year. I love hearing what's on his mind, and usually it's something I could pretty well work on.
My educational goals are made in August/September when the kids go back to school. There's just something motivating about a brand new set of colored pencils and a pristine wide lined journal - found on sale of course - that makes me want to go out and you know, learn something.
Financial goals are made during Tax time - for obvious reasons....
And even though I don't really spring clean, there's still something about opening up the windows and airing out the place that makes me think I could use a few housecleaning goals. Ok it usually makes me think I could use a whole new system.
I think the key for me is just changing one thing at a time. If I'm already 6 weeks into one goal, it's easier for me to start another without disrupting my life too much.
At least it's more of a gradual change than a feeling that I am (or should be) living someone else's life. Which maybe I am, or at least I should be.
(Whoo, I should probably lay off the Diet Coke. Sadly, there's really not a time of the year that that would be convenient for me.)