Goals, Resolutions, Intentions, Word of the Year

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With the new year came resolutions. We resolved to be better people than we were last year. Some people resolve to actually lose weight or exercise more. Others resolve to get their finances in shape and have a healthy savings account. Some resolve to swear less, or work at improving their vocabulary. The list is almost endless of ways we can resolve to improve ourselves.

Me? I don’t make resolutions. They take too much effort to decide on and I have yet to keep one, so why bother.

There are also goals. A goal is too close to being a resolution, in fact sometimes they are interchangeable. The biggest difference is that for many they set SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and with a Time frame.

It doesn’t matter how it’s presented, a goal and an intention are too closely related for me. I fall drastically short in both cases.

An intention list is much like the resolution or goal list except it’s much more vague. I’m going to read more, write more, spend more time with friends and family. Great, except if I read one more book in the year, write one more page, or spend one extra day with someone technically I’ve succeeded. Realistically I haven’t improved myself or my life.

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Instead making a resolution or goal list, I sometimes select a word to focus on for the year, to be honest there have been years there was no word. Either nothing came to mind, or I forgot.

A disclaimer here: While I do have a word of the year, that doesn’t mean I don’t have lists. I am a list person, I love making them, seeing them in different places, forgetting to refer to them, they allow me to practice my handwriting. The lists are here to stay, unfortunately they don’t help much.

Last year my word was focus. I wanted to remember to focus on what I was doing. Whether that meant eating healthier, writing, or spending time with friends or family, I wanted me focus to be where I was.

It was a good word. I got healthier, there is still some progress to make. I dropped a few pounds, very few, but progress. I have a digital book up and am working at getting it in print. Enjoyable time was spent with family and friends. Finally, the remodel/repair was started on this house. Focus was a good word.

This year my word is forward. I am going to focus on moving forward. Moving forward in my relationships. Moving forward on my projects and ideas. Moving forward in life. For me 2019 is about going forward.

Do you do resolutions or goals?

Have you ever done a word of the year?

What are you looking forward to accomplishing this year?



About Nita

Quilter, writer, speaker, mom and grandmom. I enjoy making quilts for my grandkids, and other children. I especially love hearing and sharing quilt stories with others, that's how the book came about and this blog will continue to share quilt stories and how God works with quilts to comfort and teach us.
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9 Responses to Goals, Resolutions, Intentions, Word of the Year

  1. Elisa Krantweiss Heisman says:

    I like the way you think! I was going to pick the word change this year. Then, i thought i’d focus on a mantra like change is good. Finally, I decided to visualize what change will look like a year from now. You can read it in my post today.

  2. Martha DeMeo says:

    I don’t make resolutions either but I do like to set goals or challenges. I don’t go overboard on goals, just things that are realistic. This year my goal is to continue on my healthy eating plan I started last July, make memory boxes for my 7 grandchildren from items they have either made over the years or have mentioned something in the household they would like to have. All are grown and many have children so I thought this would be great for them to keep then pass on to their children.

  3. Pacemakər Blog says:

    Love your word. I do too have a word for this year, health. In a ways, similar to yours from last years. Since I want to based my in body, mind and soul. Keeping what is good for me and disregarding what does not work. In a way I feel I accomplish more with a word because I tend to have it present and do everything with intent. My best wishes for you this year of moving forward!

    • Nita says:

      Glad you like the word idea. Last year I wrote my word on a piece of cardboard and taped it to my kitchen cabinet. That way I saw it all the time and was reminded to focus. I’ll probably do the same this year.

  4. vidyatiru says:

    I think the words for me would be ‘be better’.. and I am hoping to work on it throughout the year..

  5. plaidmaggie says:

    I don’t make resolutions either. Why set yourself up to fail? I’ve considered setting goals, but haven’t got around to it yet. My problem is procrastination. I’m a pro at procrastination! I like you idea of a word for the year. I’m going to think about that. I’m not sure what it would be – there are so many to choose from!

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