Sunday, January 5, 2014

Welcome 2014

I am not late! I am doing things on my time. I often get bogged down by expectations, usually what I perceive as the expectations of others. When, in reality, I need to focus on my own expectations. Who cares when I blog? Who cares if I blog something that 100 others have blogged about? Who cares if the idea is not 120% original, few things are? Who cares..... I will not worry about those things this year.

I had a hard time picking a word for 2014. I wanted one that would encompass the things I hope to accomplish this year. First I had to figure out what that was. I set a few goals for myself:
    1. Blog more often
    2. Work on my photography
    3. Take piano lessons
    4. Move: walk, use the elliptical, go for a bike ride
    5. Create more

Fairly simple and straight forward goals. All things I have the tools to accomplish. My issue is and has always been follow through. I am great at coming up with ideas, setting goals, even starting projects. Finishing them, or continuing them, is my problem.

I got some suggestions from friends, went through some words on my own, and thought about it. I finally decided upon Persist. Here is one definition:
     per•sist (pərˈsɪst, -ˈzɪst) 

1. to continue steadily or firmly in some state, purpose, or course of action, in spite of opposition or criticism.
2. to last or endure tenaciously: The legend of King Arthur has persisted for nearly fifteen centuries.
3. to be insistent in a statement, request, or question.

These are perfect. They give definition to what I want/need to do. I need to 'continue steadily' in spite of my own opposition. :) Because I have always been my own worst enemy.

So there it is. My goal for 2014 is to PERSIST. Doing that will enable me to accomplish all my minor goals. I'll let you know how it goes.


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