I used to smoke. Back in the day, it was cool and almost everyone smoked. My parents, my friends, co-workers . . . everyone.
Then, one day, people no longer smoked. Except me.
The first time I tried to quit, I didn't make it. Should I have given up?
Giving up on goals that are important is not smart. Continuing to try—and find a way to make them happen—is.
Here's the thing with those New Year's resolutions:
they need revision.
I had three items on my 2010 Goals page that involved a January 31st completion date. I have yet to complete those three things.
So, what can I do?
- I can ban the written list to someplace sight unseen and pretend they really didn't matter and I'll get to them sooner or later anyway. I've done this in the past.
- I can erase all evidence they ever existed (except some secret place on my hard drive). I've also done this in the past.
- Or, I can get real and revise them.
Revised goals do not equate to diminished goals. I repeat: Revised goals do not equate to diminished goals.
So today, I'm reviewing my 2010 Goals and evaluating my progress. A little over one month in? Yep. I need to keep trying.
By the way, I quit smoking on Christmas Eve. 1985.
CR: Heat Lightning by John Sandford.
It's all better with friends.