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What to do when January 2013 doesn't go as planned?


Sunday, January 06, 2013

Did you set goals, make a fresh start, have all sorts of plans for 2013? How are they going?

I can see from blog titles and SparkTeam threads that not everyone's month is going according to plan. And it's only the SIXTH of January.

I'm sure not perfect either. I already missed one day of my "Dental hygiene habit" and went on a snack attack and stayed up too late last night.

So what do you do when you've already "screwed up that goal"? Is it the end of the world? Do you self-destruct? Is the goal a failure and not worth doing anything more with?

I certainly hope NOT!

Thankfully, I'm not fussy about perfection. (As our BLC teams say - PARTICIPATION, NOT PERFECTION.) We don't have to have every single choice, every single action, every single moment perfectly in line with our goals and plans to get there. We just have to have enough of them - a majority - and we have to keep adding more actions and choices that are in line to get closer.

I missed ONE DAY. I was right back on track with dental hygiene the next day. If I end January with 30 out of 31 days done, that's more than December (which I didn't track, but I'd put around 15 out of 31 ... if I was generous). I looked at what happened -- and one of the problems is that I wait until the last minute before going to sleep to brush my teeth. That one night I was super-tired, and fell asleep before I did it. Simply doing it a little earlier in the evening would work - then I could lights out and sleep without worrying about it. So I make a minor adjustment to my schedule to make meeting my goal easier for the rest of the month.

With the eating, I already ~KNOW~ that staying up too late makes me hungry. I got myself into the situation and didn't simply lights out like I should have. I ~DID~ actually brush my teeth finally and lights out to sleep. Once I got up in the morning (6+ hours slept), I tracked everything then planned my food for the day to be healthy and on the low end of my range not counting the wee-hour snacking. The adjustment to my schedule to brush my teeth earlier will also help avoid that because I don't like to eat after I have clean teeth.

My January is still going well. I may have broken that streak, but I have been writing every day so far, I have updated my budgets, and I've got my new workout routines for strength shaping up nicely.

So, if you've already had a hiccup, a speed bump, or even a brick wall, show up in your 2013 plans - what are you doing to review, review, regroup, and emoticon ?
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/10/2013 1:20PM

    Perfection is a myth - I always say 'focus on progress' but I think I like your idea better - focus on PARTICIPATION - awesome!
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MNJONES2 1/8/2013 11:21AM

    goals are met with hard work! YOU WORK HARDER THAN ANYONE I KNOW!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 1/7/2013 11:15PM

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HEY, ANY improvement
is STILL an IMPROVEMENT !

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Glad your year is going well

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For sharing your goals -
Your dental one inspired me
so nos I am being more
diligent about flossing


Have a Terrific Tuesday !

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LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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KING_SLAYER 1/7/2013 11:03PM

    I try to avoid setting "goals" at the beginning of the year. To me it's like making resolutions, which I spent years not fulfilling, so there's a kind of negative connotation there for me. I may have some goals in mind, but I usually will wait a couple of weeks into the year before I attempt to realize those goals, takes the 'resolution-ness' out of 'em!

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TEADYBEAR77 1/7/2013 8:51PM

    You can never throw in the towel no matter what. Thanks for sharing

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 1/7/2013 5:07PM

    emoticon It is about keeping on regardless. emoticon

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BMCKEOW1 1/7/2013 1:28PM

    Love it that's a great reminder.

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HOWIEANN 1/7/2013 12:24PM

    Thanks for the reminder! :)

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/7/2013 10:09AM

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-POOKIE- 1/7/2013 8:55AM

    Its too early to give up! We should re-group and come out fighting!

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SHERIO5 1/7/2013 8:14AM

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 1/7/2013 7:08AM

    Bravo - GREAT blog! Perfection is WAY over rated and truthfully unattainable but we can sure beat ourselves up and exhaust ourselves trying! emoticon

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MUSOLF6 1/7/2013 6:56AM

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CHRISTINASP 1/7/2013 5:33AM

    I think the first part of your entry was about ME! LOL
So yes I had a bump or maybe a pothole in the road on January 5th. Realized that if I don't get enough rest / sleep working on ALL other goals is harder so sleep should come first (just blogged about that).
Btw I think 30 out of 31 days is pretty ambitious - remember you will have done better than last month if you do the dental hygiene SIXTEEN times this month! ;)

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LEVELPATHS 1/7/2013 3:37AM

    I had a rubbish week last week cos I was tired and had been ill before that...

Today I am happy again and am going on the attack!

Yesterday is gone - no point worrying about it - just consult my list of things to work through, start at the top and see how far I can get today! :-)

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YESCURLYCAN 1/7/2013 2:49AM

  emoticon blog. Thanks for writing this; it was timely! I have had three days of hiccups but got myself back together. I went over what I was doing and why, then got back in line. So far so good. I choose not to let it faze me now because I still have three weeks to make January great.

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CIPHER1971 1/7/2013 1:52AM

    A good reminder to us all

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JERSEYGIRL24 1/6/2013 11:55PM

    Good for you!!!

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JKPONYGIRL 1/6/2013 11:53PM

    your january sounds great and you have inspired me to get up and brush my teeth!! emoticon

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ILOVELIFE2012 1/6/2013 11:25PM

    My plans are not going as planned, my 5 days of cardio are looking more like 3 days and that is ok. Like you have indicated in your blog, it's not the end of the world (I used to think that way). For a long time I thought I had to be perfect with everything. Not sustainable LOL! Keep moving forward!!!

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DOVESEYES 1/6/2013 11:22PM

    Yes I agree its not the end of the world as we know it, our persistence will conquer in the end. emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/6/2013 11:00PM

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GOING-STRONG 1/6/2013 10:43PM

    Expecting perfection is just a recipe for disaster. You have to be flexible and just move on. I used to have a problem flossing and irrigating my mouth daily. I now have it listed on Spark as an "other goal" with a checkbox. If I check it every day I get spark points and that has really helped keep me accountable. Weird how little tricks can help lol. Best to you, Rhonda

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KARL1266 1/6/2013 10:38PM

    Blowing a goal...losing balance...losing focus. These are just ways for us to regroup and start again. I've always gone on the basis that goals are fluid. Things happen, life moves on, etc and the goals themselves will be adjusted when the time comes to review. Sooner if it seems necessary.

Great blog...as usual!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 1/6/2013 10:13PM

    If you chip a teacup, you don't throw the china closet down the steps.

The last perfect person born was nailed to a tree.

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NEELIXNKES 1/6/2013 10:07PM

    Just keep pushing forward. That is all I can do, all anyone can do. Thanks for the reminder!

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ROXYZMOM 1/6/2013 10:02PM

    PERSERVERE!! As Scarlett O'Hara said ...
"tomorrow is another day". ;)

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