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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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