Happy New Year one and all! I hope you had a fabulous holiday season full of love and laughter. And now… the new year begins.
I’m throwing out the word resolution. I’ve had so many unresolved resolutions over the years that the word has a bitter connotation for me.
This year I decided that instead of having a resolution, a singular goal I was working towards, instead I was going to focus on an aspect of my personality or my habits that I wanted to give a tune up. Hey, we take our cars in for service, we get the annual doctor’s check up, and we make sure our kids get their shots on time, so why not tune up an area of our lives, right?
So, what’s my focus for 2017?
I’m not going to lie, it’s one of my weakest traits. I’m a dreamer. I have big ideas, ambitions and goals. I get excited about ten different projects and start them all at once. I have multiple books on my bedside table and it feels like it takes me months to finish one, because I’m delving into all of them at the same time.
I need to focus on finishing. To follow through on a commitment I’ve made, be it to follow up to a friend with a coffee date or to finish that online course I started. I need to finish what I begin.
Part of it is I have the shiny new ‘thing’ syndrome. I want to start the new course or the new book or the new project. I want that high, that buzz, the adrenaline coursing through my veins. Seriously, that may not be the case for other people, but I genuinely get the feeling of a high from starting something new. Am I alone in this?
What I don’t often give myself the chance to feel is the high of completing a project. Let me clarify – at work, I can and do finish my projects, on time and on budget. In my personal life, however, that’s where the finish switch seems to be turned off.
So, no more new books until I finish what’s on my bedside table. No more new courses until I complete the ones that I’ve paid for. No more new clothes until I’ve actually gotten rid of something or donated things. No more new projects until I finish the ones in the roster.
No more starting anything new until I actually finish what’s on my plate.