Resolutions: the good, fun, and the exciting!

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Well, it’s a bright and shiny new year. And if you read my post yesterday, you know I am bringing you 3 days of major goal setting for 2012…Resolutions, Plans, and Dreams. Let’s think of them as brand new shiny goals for the year ahead!

So today I am starting with those ever-exciting resolutions.  I have written resolutions here on my blog each year since 2009 and I am proud to say my track record is pretty good to date.

This year, I am getting more focused than usual thanks to some work I am doing with Mondo Beyondo. Their workshop is more about Dreams, but in preparation they have helped me select my primary focus for the year to come.

And what did I choose? … … …Discipline

If you remember from reading my non-goals, I am great at getting more done that most people. I take action, work hard, and make things happen. Of course, I don’t totally lack discipline, or I couldn’t accomplish what I do. But I do get a bit bored with doing the same thing every day. If I were more disciplined, then I can only imagine where I might end up. Remember how I said my strength is taking something good and making it great? Well that’s what I want to do with discipline in 2012.

I have decided to take my resolutions down to only 6 this year (instead of last year’s 15). And I have also selected things that I am already good at, but that I want to do better. There’s always room for improvement, right?

So it will be like taking all my A’s to A +’s, which I think is a win-win. Not a moment will I spend on my weaknesses thanks to Strength Finders 2.0, but I will be working on going from good to great!

And when times get hectic, if I have to focus on only one thing this year, it will be Discipline, as I believe Discipline encompasses all 6 of my resolutions.

So in 2012 with an overall focus of Discipline in mind, here are my resolutions for this fabulous new year…

1. Get Organized–2011 was a bit busy and I let some of my organization fall by the way side, this year I’m on a mission to get things whipped back in shape so I don’t waste time looking for things. A place for everything, and everything in it’s place will be my new motto!

2. Get Fit–Last year my goal was to get healthy.  And I did it by losing 20 pounds and changing my eating from carb based to protein based.  Now my goal is to get fit.  This will involve exercise, weight-lifting, and lots of healthy, natural foods. I am even thinking about growing some of them myself in a backyard garden…what fun! This time next year, I will be showing you my arms and abs of steel.

3. Save More, Give Better–my church had a great focus in December based on Wal-Mart’s “Save More, Live Better” slogan.  They changed it to Save More, Give Better and it really made an impression on my 6-year-old and me. This year, we are going to get disciplined about the money we spend and ask ourselves, “can we live without it?” before we buy. What we save we will put in a fund to help others in 2012, not just during the holiday season, but all year long. So it’s a mommy-daughter Save-A-Palooza for 2012!

4.  365 Days of Thank you–I have always been disciplined at Gratitude. I have told you how I even keep a gratitude journal on my phone and iPad. But last year, my thank-you note writing fell short compared to years past. So this year, I am taking cues from this great little book and I am going to be disciplined enough to write at least one thank-you note a day. I know it will have more positive influence on me, than even those that I thank.

5. Fill People’s Buckets–Thanks to my work with Strength Finders 2.0 last year and spending time on their member’s only website, I was introduced to another little book that I LOVE! I have always liked complimenting, inspiring, and uplifting others, but this year I am going to make a conscious effort to do so.  If I can make a difference in other people’s lives and attitudes, it will be one of life’s biggest rewards.

6. Discipline as a Lifestyle–There are a few areas where it would make my life easier and/or better if I could improve my discipline. Some examples include getting up earlier, exercising more regularly, reading even more business books, using my vision boards more effectively, calling my clients more often, journaling, and monitoring my finances at home and at work more. This isn’t about adding a bunch of new tasks, it’s about being more consistent with the ones I already have. My typical “All or nothing” habits are holding me back a bit. I think ridding myself of those “Nothing” periods will really pay off.

So there they are. My BIG 6 for 2012 to take me from good to great! It won’t be easy, but the more discipline I practice, the easier they will get. What’s on your list for the year?

I hope you will join me over the next two days to hear about my plans and my dreams for 2012. It’s going to be fun! And please let me know how my team and I can support you in reaching your goals.

Good Luck and Happy 2012~ xo, Tobi

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9 Responses to Resolutions: the good, fun, and the exciting!

  1. Tobi, these are great goals! I think one of the reasons you are so successful is that you spend time focusing your direction on your goals. I am going to learn from this and work to do this myself. May be one of the reason you didn’t write as many thank you notes last year is because you may have been spending that time responding to emails. I will never forget the email response I got from you. I was so impressed that you took the time to write me such a sweet, caring heart felt email as busy as you are. Thank you again! Happy New Year!

  2. Tobi, that’s great! I can’t wait to see your abs & arms 😉

  3. Maree says:

    I love your resolutions!
    They seem very similar to what mine should probably be.
    I’m especially fascinated by the daily thankyou notes. Its such a great idea- I’m intrigued to see how that goes!
    Good luck with it all!

  4. Franki Parde says:

    “Hope” springs eternal.. franki

  5. Victoria says:

    Tobi, I had almost determined not to make any resolutions this year. However, after reading your post today, I am inspired to change my mind about at least reassessing areas of my life that need more acute discipline if I want to experience growth and satisfaction in those areas. So thank you for posting your goals, even if I wasn’t certain I wanted to read them this morning. Turns out I have gleaned wisdom and added some new, positive reads to my book list, and received encouragement to resume writing and focusing on the dreams and goals in my heart.

    Thank you!


  6. Really inspirational! Thanks, Tobi.

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