Wednesday, December 15, 2010


When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? (Scott Belsky)

I love making goals. For a while, I was making monthly goals but stopped once I feared my blog was becoming more of a goal journal than a blog. In 2010 alone, I wrote about goals 13 times. That equals to twice a month I was either setting goals or talking about them. I have some big goals for my life, big goals for 2011. I want to lose weight, graduate college, become more independent, branch out more.

While at Disney World last month, I saw a sign with a quote by Walt Disney. It read, “The way to get started is quit talking and begin doing.” I want 2011 to be the year I began to chase after my goals and put them into action. I want to stop talking about my goals and start living them out. I have big goals, yes. But they are all achievable and start with putting my foot into a different direction.

Sometimes, I feel as if I’m stuck in stagnation until I graduate in May. It’s not true, but I feel like I’m just waiting until then to begin my life.

But there are so many steps I can take before then. So what’s my next step? It’s to change my entire thought process about food and exercise. Eating right has been such a struggle my entire life and has become even harder as I grow up and take control over my own food choices. Most times, I scoff at people who seem to be able to eat right 24/7, saying it’s “not for me.” That thought process has got to stop. I have to start believing I can become a health nut and that some food is wreaking havoc on my body. And also on my mind.

I also want to begin thinking differently about exercise. The truth is, I feel awesome when I’m exercising. I feel as if I’m finally taking steps in the right direction and just the feel of sweat feels good. I’m not sure I have any specific exercise goals for 2011, but I just want it to become a more natural part of my day. I want my mood to be reflected on whether or not I exercised that day.

I want to end 2011 as a completely different person. I hope it doesn’t seem vain when I say I want to look completely different on the outside. I want to have more energy and feel better. I want to be thinner and stop flinching every time someone looks at my belly, hoping they don’t ask the pregnancy question. (Which, by the way, I was asked about on Monday. Whee!) I just want to look at my body and be proud of it. I’m not, because I don’t take the time to be good to it.

What is your next step to attaining your goals?

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  1. My big goal for 2011 is to pass this finance exam that I will take on June 4th. It's going to be really, really hard so I will have to study a ton. The 6 textbooks that I will have to study to pass are on their way to me, so once those arrive, I will make a plan of attack!

  2. I love that quote, I'm ALL about "stop complaining, and start doing"!! Blogging about the journey toward achieving goals has been really helpful and held me accountable. For 2011, my biggest goal is to finish everything on the list I made 6 months ago :)

  3. I like your plan of action. :)

    I need to change my thought process as well - towards perfection, clutter, and how I react to stuff (aka stop getting so easily stressed!).

  4. My goal for 2011 is to get my degree. It WILL be done. It has to be.

  5. This post reminds me quite a bit of Amy from Just a Titch - stop dreaming, start doing. I think I could take a page from your books & do the same!

  6. I cannot believe someone asked if you were pregnant! WTH?!

    I like that quote. I should bring it up during my next work meeting - less talk, more do. (aka, let's leave this meeting).

    Don't be followed by health blogs - I don't think anyone is perfect 24x7! Find the balance for you! Enjoy "bad" foods in moderation. It's hard, I know, but don't feel like you have to be "perfect."

  7. Staphany, I'm the same way when it comes to goalsetting and planning, planning, planning but not doing a whole lot of accomplishing, accomplishing, accomplishing. I think it's great to have big-picture goals, but I think I've isolated the problem for me - and maybe this is an issue with you, too. The problem is that I don't set the necessary small-picture (short term) goals. The weekly ones, the daily ones - heck, the minute-by-minute ones. While I do have big goals for the new, one of my my major ones is to provide myself with small, achievable goals. I got a big 2011 desk calender and I'm working out a system of goals and rewards. Its really hard when there's no one to be accountable to except yourself, but WE CAN DO IT!!!

  8. I'm with you on what I want to end 2011 with.... looking different physically and thinking differently mentally. I know we can do it!!! I recently got new running shoes so looking forward to getting back to running and sticking with it.

  9. Thats really a great quite from Disney. I want 2011 to be my year of action too. here's to putting words into action.


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