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Guilt-less Resolutions

Like a tea bag steeping, sometimes you need to wait and let the flavor get stronger before you can take a sip. The same holds true for our beginning of the year plans. Sometimes we are ready to dive in and go full speed ahead on January first. We are determined to keep the resolutions that we’ve set like saying “no” to desserts, exercising three times a week or finally getting control of our chaos. At other points, we need more time to let our ideas deepen before we can move forward.

There are many possibilities. What if you’re almost half way through the first month of the new year and you’ve already indulged in “several” desserts, you haven’t exercised even once a week and organization is nowhere in sight? Or, what if you find yourself halfway though the month and you haven’t yet determined what your resolutions or goals are?

I’m personally straddling the two camps. Several weeks ago, I made a list of possible 2011 goals. I haven’t officially committed to any of them. I simply compiled a list of things that I am considering. The list includes items such as redo my Oh, So Organized! website, design and build a new desk area, try some new recipes and spend more time with friends. Ideas are still being added. No actual resolutions have been made or goals set because I’m collecting and processing. I’m getting closer, but need more time to decide what I want to pursue most.

An odd thing is happening, though. Since the thoughts are on this list, I’m aware of whether I’m doing or not doing any of them. So, when I say, “yes” to a sweet, I’m justifying that it’s fine to eat because I haven’t yet committed to “no desserts.” I am conscious, but not guilty because I’m still in the deciding mode.

Whether you’ve set your goals and slipped, contemplated your goals but not committed or are working hard to keep on track, let’s remove all guilt out of the equation. Remember that you’re human. There is no perfect, especially when it comes to making changes. Give yourself the time you need to figure out what you’d like to accomplish. Along with that, give yourself a dose of forgiveness as you experience the ups and downs of striving towards your goals.

What 2011 ideas are you contemplating? 

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Reader Comments (7)

Thank you for not making me feel guilty about eating half a pie for dessert tonight. I did not make any resolutions but I do have a goal of eating healthier. Yes, blueberries are healthy, but not half a blueberry pie:) Now back on track with my goals. Thank you Linda.

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

There really is no bad time to start a change for the better, is there? I do some planning at the first of the year, but for the past few years I've begun my "real" plans on the first day of spring. That way when January 1 rolls around, I've still got almost 3 months left to meet my goals. Works great!

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret Lukens

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Heather & Margaret. Glad to know that my post relieved the guilty feelings, Heather. I too indulged just yesterday in a bit of cherry pie and a few Tootsie Rolls. But as you so well said, today's another day. I love the concept of yours, Margaret that there's no bad time to make changes. I completely agree. I like how you've extended your timeframe to spring. It sounds like that's been working well for you.

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I also believe that we have to really see the benefit to getting something done to have it happen. If we see the true value, it becomes easy. Also why not just scratch the things we have no intention of doing in the first place - wouldn't it feel great and empowering to have a short list of things that actually get done - then when those are complete make a new list! Like you say - removed guilt out of the equation!

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjulie

Julie, you are so right! Short, doable, valuable lists = Better completion success & less guilt! Thank you for your wise words.

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I have been teaching on certain topics..Love being one of them. Many ladies have told me to put it in book form. I am praying about it and will probably begin shortly.
The book is not your ordinary take on biblical love

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercherrilynn bisbano

That sounds like a great pursuit, Cherrilynn. It took me a long time to bring the ideas for The Other Side of Organized into a finished book. Once I committed the time and resources to it, though, the project moved along quickly. You might enjoy reading an early blog post I wrote that talks a bit about this. It's called "The Big One...The Huge One!" You can click on the title to the right or this link:

Thank you for sharing your 2011 goal. I wish you all the best!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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