As January comes to end, I started thinking I should really finish planning my goals or resolutions for the year. Somehow the idea of a resolution seems so daunting and I think almost a joke-everyone seems to be more interested in how long it will take a resolution to fail.
Then I came across this saying inside a Dove dark chocolate wrapper. Yes, I do take advice from chocolate especially when it is this good. (Both the chocolate and the advice! And if you read enough of them, you realize Dove really knows their market, but that is a post for another day).
So, I started thinking, how often do I keep my promises to myself? I am very good at keeping promises to others. I show up where I am supposed to be, at the time I am supposed to be (well more or less), and complete what needs to be done. But if like me you are busy with children and husband and work and volunteering, the first thing that seems to go is it the promises you make to yourself.
Last year the promise I was most successful with was establishing a regular work out regime. Now, that is a promise to myself but it was also a promise to my family, to my children, to get myself healthier so I could enjoy more with them. For me it was much more motivating as a mother to want to be healthy and be around for my children than it was when I just wanted to look better.
But our promises to ourselves are important. When we lose what is important to ourselves, we lose ourselves. This is when we can become bitter, depressed or unmotivated. Keeping promises to ourselves is what keeps us alive, vital and interesting.
So, this year no resolutions for me, but here are my promises.
I promise to keep up an exercise program and continue to get healthy and strong.
I promise to remember to laugh and take enjoyment in the little things in life.
I promise to appreciate the moments I have with my children even when they are driving me crazy. They are ours for too little time and tomorrow will come before I am ready.
I promise to make time to write and complete my manuscript this year.
I promise to treasure my relationships. Family, friends, partners, loves it what life is really about.
I promise to do one thing a week that makes me happy.
I promise to remember that success is hard but if you don't try you will always fail. I'll "keep moving forward" (Couldn't resist adding in a little Walt Disney quote.)
That's it for me for now. Do you keep promises to yourself? What are you promising this year?