Saturday, January 1, 2011

If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

Well....I'm NOT perfect. Far from it. But this New Years I'm not looking at it as RESOLUTIONS but more as GOALS.
I mean,  if I just ramble off my usual list of things they will probably be forgotten by the end of the week. I just went back to my New Years post of last year to see what I had written. Ahhhh, well I don't think ANY of them materialized. So this year I need to be more pro-active. I need to write them down.

So, I started writing EVERYTHING down and now I'm overwhelmed! How on Earth can I accomplish all that I want to do in such little time?

"Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up."
-Thomas Edison

"Results! Why, man I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work."
-Thomas Edison

OK, so I have to accept the fact that's it's OK to try something and have it not work out. It doesn't mean that it nor I, am a failure. (My booth) I need to sit down and make a plan and become more focused. What is it that I really want?
So as scary as it is to put in down in black and white....
Here are some goals in a very broad sense. I realize that each one needs to be broken down into smaller manageable segments. I need to become very organized so that I can achieve these goals.
#1 Be organized
#2 Simplify
#3 Be Healthy
#4 Be Active
#5 Be Happy
#6 Be Focused
#7 Complete a task before another
#8 Be Frugal
#9 Pamper Myself
#10 Train my Dogs
#11 Create
#12 Write a book.

12 Goals...but actually each will be broken down into sub-goals.
I won't do that here but an example: #1 Be organized. I have my "stuff" every place. I need to organize even the basic things such as "tools". Do you think that I can find the screwdriver when I need it? Why do I sometimes resort to using a kitchen knife when I know that I have many different sizes of drawers, in boxes in the basement, in my "art" room. I need to organize like my Dad always did. He could tell you when a tool was missing from his work area (of course he had lines drawn on his pegboard like the chalk lines of dead bodies at crime scenes) but yes, I need to be organized and #2 Simplify. After I find all those duplicate tools, I need to only keep what I truly need and donate the rest.
Skip ahead to #7 Complete a task before another. I need to finish remodeling one room before starting another. Example: I have several in half-finished state. #9 Pamper myself. I think nothing of buying something cute or fun for my dogs. But I don't buy myself some earrings that I love at a Craft Show because I don't REALLY need them. I skip haircuts but make sure my dogs are groomed. I just have to make an effort to spoil myself sometimes. #3 plus #9= Join Weight Watchers. I really need to get this extra weight off.  #10 Train my Dogs. I mean have them do what I say. Sit, Come, Stay. The only one that really listens to me is Blue and he can't even hear. Another sub-goal off of #10 would be Agility least for Ralphie
Ralphie up a tree
and where he goes, so does Jimmy
#6 Be focused. That includes learning all I can about what I love. #6 plus #11= possible a new direction, a new career, but something that involves animals. #12 Write a book, The scariest. But the one I want to achieve most. My knowledge of the English language and grammar has clouded in my brain, but I can study and learn it again. When I was young I was accepted into college but met with strong disapproval and no support from my family, so I went to Community College and majored in English and minored in Art and dropped out a short time later. It's hard to be confident and brave when you are young. When people laugh when you want to be a writer. But I want to try. I just want to write a book.
So there ya go. Just a few plans of mine.
OOPS! I forgot #13 Step out of my Comfort Zone
My sister gave me that quote in a little frame for Christmas -
She said to hang it where I can see it.
She also said that my comfort zone is the size of a Tic Tac.


Anonymous said...

I will just keep on stumbling with my goal free life and see what happens, something always does :-)

Have a great day now!

Georgina said...

Hey girl, you are on the right track, but if you don't accomplish all you want, don't beat yourself gets in the way and it will always. In my other life, I was very goal oriented, but when something didn't happen, I would kick myself and somehow, punish myself for being such a sloth!! After my youngest was born, my life changed...he is autistic...boy, did it ever change. I learned that living in moment isn't such a bad thing and some days all I could do was just take one or two steps and that was it.

Now that I'm older and wiser (older and have lots of memory loss!! LOL), I'm not so concerned about certain things, and that's ok!! Your list is a great one, but remember, if you slip, there's always tomorrow and another tomorrow. One of my favorite quotes is from the play/movie, "Auntie Mame." "Life is a smorgasbord and most poor suckers are starving to death, so live, live, live!"

Have a great weekend and again, HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friend.


sassypackrat said...

I believe strongly in trying things. Even if you don't succeed at them you've at least put yourself out there and did it. Then there are no regrets about would have, could have, and should have. Go for it!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

That is such a long makes me tired. Yes, write a book. A friend of mine was telling me what a great writer I am and I said, "I'm not a writer! I'm an artist that puts a few words down because I have to - to explain the pictures." She said...that's being a writer.

hmmmm...I still call myself an artist...not a writer.

But you should write a book. Do you know what it will be about. I thought I might write a book about my random thoughts. But don't want everyone to know how weird my random thoughts are.

Will this book involve dogs? Perhaps a big dog named Blue that solves mysteries? Yep....I'd read that one.

yoborobo said...

Cindi - here is my list:
Lose weight.
Have more fun.

LOL!! Seriously! If I can do these two things, I think I will be happier. :) I hope you get time to write, if that is what you really want to do. Write the book you love, and forget about whatever anyone else tells you. I wish I was closer, I would join WW with you. As for buying things for myself, I am getting better at it - it has taken me a long time to spend money on me. :) Happy New Year to you!

denise said...


jump right to #12...start the book, and fit the rest in. Life is short, shorter than we want sometimes, if on your death bed (not trying to be morose here) which of those items would you most be disappointed about that you didn't at least try.

My parents always wanted to go on a cruise, mom got ill and 5 years later died. It was their dream but they had 4 kids, couldn't afford it, didn't have the time, etc....kept putting it off and never got to enjoy that time together sharing something important to them.

point is....sounds like the book is important, start that first, all the other stuff is secondary, important, but get involved in the dream of #12.

my lecture for the day. LOL


Mundo Mundaca said...

My wanted you move me and makes to laugh me with your texts, for that I love to pass for here.
Do I identify a lot with their goals of new year. can I use for me also?
when you speak about the demarcations of white chalk that seem marks of the corpse.. of the screwdrivers I almost fall of the chair from laughing.
I also have problems with on weight and every year I say me same that will make diet and later........
Well but we are going for faith in yours and my goals and that god us of light and perseverance for us to reach good results.
PS. when you publish yourr book I want one copies.
Love you.