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Dig Deep: An Exercise in Goal Setting

Resolutions – I’ve always disliked the term. Maybe it’s because I was never able to keep mine, maybe it’s because it seems so cliché or maybe it’s because they never seem to become a reality. Yet there I was, posting about the subject on Facebook and tweeting about it on January 1st.

I prefer to set goals than resolutions: it suggests a more active approach and has a more powerful and positive connotation. I was very excited when I heard about the 2012 YES/Lululemon Goal Setting Seminar, not only because they make a kick-ass combo but because I want to put some serious thought into my goal setting for 2012.

Last year I “resolved” to do one thing: change careers. I focused all my energy and time on achieving this and it paid off. I realized that goals can be reached when you have a clear idea of what it is you want, and you have the motivation and support to go for it.

I wasn’t clear on what I wanted to accomplish in 2012 but I knew I wanted to get the most out of this seminar.  I already had some ideas such as doing more yoga (not because the Seminar is put on by Lululemon!  but because being active is something I should do regularly, not just in January). I want to try and eat 3 vegan meals a week (but given that I already eat healthily and embrace alternative foods, that isn’t going to be so hard to accomplish). I want to lose weight, who doesn't!? (see previous points). I want to read more books and watch less TV (simple, turn off the boob tube). All good goals, but I wanted/needed more…

So I thought long and hard about things I struggle with the most. I’ve been digging deep to find the one that scares me, the one that gives me anxiety, the ONE that will challenge me to the core this year. And then, a recent blog about setting “non-selfish” resolutions by Leigh Anne Tuohy (The real-life mom from The Blind Side) and my finishing of the book Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World by Lisa Bloom got my wheels spinning. What change can I make in 2012? What goal can I set that will not only be a positive change for me but will also get me involved in my community and create change, albeit maybe on a small scale, in the world or at least my world.

So these are now the thoughts I am heading into the Goal Setting Seminar with on Thursday. I have some ideas on what I want to accomplish and how I will do so, but I want to wait and see what this night is all about before I let you in on them…

Stay tuned.

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