Resolutions vs. permanent change
It was 6 years ago that I became intentional about making a permanent change in the New Year. It was a few days after Christmas and the trash was piling up. Christmas and New Year’s happened to fall on the trash pick up day and since I was confused as to what the temporary trash pick day was, we didn’t have our garbage picked up for 3 weeks! That is a long time for a family of 6. I think we had about 5 bags of trash on our back porch, since the bin was overflowing.
I noticed how much cardboard and plastic we were throwing away. Since our county didn’t pick up recycling, I decided that I wanted to begin recycling and researched the local recycling centers.
I decided that this was going to be my new goal for 2015. Recycling everything possible and throwing away less trash. So I bought a compartmentalized trash / recycle can and that began the change to recycle more and waste less.
Every year since then, I choose one thing to change. Some years have been very small things, like the year I quit drinking soda, or the year I stopped drinking milk.
These goals that I choose are called process goals, which means, they are the plans or processes set forth to achieve something. I find it easier to have a goal of a plan or process rather than a goal of an achievement because achievements can easily be sidelined or given up on if things don’t go as planned.
For instance in order to have a healthier lifestyle, many people will say they want to lose weight, gain muscle, lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar, etc. But often we don’t know how long it will take to do this or even the right process or plan to do this correctly. That’s why I find it easier to choose a process goal that will lead to the end result.
In cutting out sodas, milk and bread (which have been my goals over the past 3 years), I have lost weight and feel better overall. Doing those things have helped me become healthier and it was much easier to stop drinking milk than to lose 5 pounds.
So this year I am looking into reducing clutter in my home. I’m still researching the process goal and what I need to do in order to reach the achievement. You see it’s not that I don’t have the end in mind, but I focus on the process more than the achievement.
List out some things you would like to accomplish for 2021, but then list the plans or processes you would need to do to accomplish them. Then narrow it down and choose the process goal you’d like to focus on for 2021. If you’re up to doing more than one, go for it, but don’t make it unattainable.
In order to achieve goals, they must be specific and attainable! God Bless and Happy New Year!