Resolutions Update

Why Your Plans Fail –
People are notoriously bad at planning. The worst part is, we don’t even know it. One psychological study conducted asked students to predict when they expected to complete an assignment, almost none gave enough time. Other looks into financial analysts show that few can consistently beat the market.

The real problem is that these planning failures aren’t recognized. People make wildly overconfident projections but fail to notice their abysmal track record in predicting. The question is, what can you do about this?

After reading that, and thinking lately about how journaling actually helped me maintain and assess how committed I was to the New Year’s resolutions, I thought I would update. After all, we are only a few months from the next round.

I think the part I had the most success with has been using the Curves membership for regular exercise. It has had the added bonus of exposing me regularly to upbeat interactions with other women. I’ve gone almost every week for the suggested three times… and got the t-shirt to show for it 🙂 This was a win

More time with the children. Automatically, since the family of origin drain on my emotional resources was closed off, I was a bit better, but that was offset by the fact that I have been very slow to heal from those blows to deep and important inner parts of me. I was not spontaneous, I chauffeured them more places, but did not have more family outingsThis was a neutral

Art. What art? I set up the area- which was procrastinated to a shameful degree. Stocked with supplies- which wasn’t hard because that is the part I have done for years. But nada. Maybe I am afraid – of failure, of facing who I am or the work that is involved or the change in my lifestyle schedule? ( art takes lots of time to produce -for me anyway) This was a total …ok almost total loss

I gardened more at the beginning of the season, but waned as the summer went on. I did accomplish improvement in my garden. This was a mild win

reread ‘Boundaries’ by Cloud and Townsend. Did this in spades, and shared it with others, I think due to Bonnie of Intellectuelle helping me along who was so kind and supportive ( blog friends can be just as valuable in human terms as RL friends – it is just a long distance relationship, but relationship nonetheless)
This was a strong win for me

I put it into win/lose terms because that is how I think of it: overcoming. Gaining the victories of life over negative situations and forces ( within and without).

It is good to see so much green on the accountability sheet, and the year is not done yet, I can still work on those areas that I neglected to make progress. I thank God for His guidance through all this year, His great mercies and continued love. Underneath the wins are the wings.