Thursday, January 21, 2010

Resolutions: Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. We’ll, here we are at Day 21 in this New Year, and for some of us, those resolutions we made three weeks ago might be slipping. Maybe you’re sneaking cookies and promising yourself you’ll spend 15 extra minutes on the treadmill (but then don’t) or maybe you’re sneaking cigarettes. Maybe you ran out and bought more Precious Moments figurines when you swore you wouldn’t. (Hey, we’re not complaining about that!)

We’re not therapists, of course, but we can remind you that you’re human! You’re going to slip up, have setbacks, and get derailed. It’s OK. Really!

It has taken us many years of slip-ups and setbacks—and successes, too—to come to the conclusion that life is never all or nothing. But we all seem to view resolutions that way, right? One mistake, and that’s it. All is lost. We certainly don’t live our lives that way!

So on this 21st day of this New Year in this New Decade, let’s focus on a new saying: Plan your work, and work your plan. Plan your goal and plan for mistakes along the way, too. Because in life, it’s not a race to the finish line. It’s how we get there that matters most!

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