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I Am Determined


Not long ago I was reading through some of my old posts and came across one from several years ago that included a list of changes I wanted to make in my life.  It made me really sad to discover that I could not check off single one as having been accomplished - no progress in any of those areas, zero... zip.  :-(  It makes no sense to contemplate what needs changing if I am not serious about doing something to effect those changes.  There are some areas of my life that I am really tired of ignoring and avoiding, and then feeling guilty and depressed because of it.  So I've decided to choose a few attainable goals, and identify some first steps that can be taken along with time frames for those actions so that I can't postpone things indefinitely.  In 2016 I am going to hold myself accountable and document my progress right here, so that when next year ends I can review my list of desired changes and check them off as finally being resolved. 

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I'm linking up with Ivy Walker at "Uncharted" for Six Sentence Stories
The cue this week is "RESOLVE"
Come and read what others wrote and share a story of your own!

20 comments:

  1. Good luck with your resoultion, and Happy New Year

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    1. Thank you, Linda Kay, Happy New Year to you as well!

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    1. I'm not sure about wise, Gail, but definitely hopeful! Happy New Year!

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  3. agree (with the sentiment) 'liked' (the story, in it's form and content)
    While I'd be the first to say that I'm the only one who can effect change within myself, there is an argument for involving others… not to secure the necessary motivations or to over-come a lack of urgency, but to tap into the magic of identifying with other people (I won't go on at length or anything but the concept of identification can be deceptively simple and equally (deceptively) powerful.
    good luck on your efforts I know how you feel

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    1. I agree, Clark, ultimately we can only change ourselves, but I also know that going public with my goals will make me more accountable. For example, I've always told people "don't tell anyone if you are dieting, because they you won't have to explain when you fail." Talk about a self-defeating attitude! People knowing can be very supportive!

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  4. Wow! Fabulous! Best to you in this endeavor!!! Im excited for you!

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    1. Thanks Ivy, your "Unsticking" is the motivation behind this push forward. Being stuck really resonated with the way I see myself, and I don't want to be stuck anymore. Thank you!!

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  5. On the news just this morning, they were talking about the best way to make resolutions stick. #1 is to make it public. I'm thinking this is your year to get things done. :)
    Look at Ivy, getting people to change their lives all over the planet!

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    1. Exactly, Christine! Ivy paved the way, if she can, maybe some of the rest of us can too! I want to hold myself accountable, not just let it slip away into the back of the closet as usual. The only way I can see doing that is to let other people know and to report in with real honesty and candor!

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  6. Always remember it the attempt to change, or do, travel or accomplish something rather than the achievement itself. Don't put climb Mt Everest on the list when sitting on top of hill in Wyoming will give you just as much thrill and is far less dangerous!

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    1. You are so right, Old Egg, it's about baby steps that build to scaling those mountains. I will be so very happy if I can gain some footholds this year! I have done so in relationships in the past two years and I feel a real sense of accomplishment in that. Now it's time I tackle some of the harder things, and make a real start! I plan to keep my goals reachable and the steps doable!

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  7. Happy New Year...and good luck with getting things resolved this year. :)

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    1. Happy New Year Jessie! I am convinced that I am going to have achieve some resolution this year, because I am totally committed to the process, which is the right jumping off place!

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  8. A good way to document your progress for sure.

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    1. Thank you, it's much harder to let your good intentions slip away if you've told others about them. Sometimes guilt is a good motivator. :-)

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  9. I love this idea - strange we both had the same idea ???
    Actually I don't really think there is anything strange about it at all. The longer we get to know each the more I think we are two peas in one pod!

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    1. I totally agree with you Brenda. We operate on the same wavelength and I think we've both learned a lot in the past year about what works for us in our lives and what's not working so well. I want to reach the end of this year and say, "Ahhh, much better!" We can keep each other pointed in that direction. XOXO

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  10. When I looked over my resolutions from last year, I can see I made progress in some areas, in others, not so much. As long as we are moving forward, no matter how long it takes, our path is where it's supposed to me. Happy New Year.

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    1. I agree Val, we are work in progress and will likely never be done with our efforts of self-improvement. My concerns were in noting that while I've made a little progress in some areas of my life, others have gotten "stuck" much like Ivy was feeling last year. That's why I am determined to start moving forward this year. :-)

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