Resolutions to Start or Stop?

It’s 2012 already! Wow! I don’t know exactly how that happened, but here it is. Obviously there are a lot of articles, blog posts, and comments addressing whether or not to make new year’s resolutions. Why do we wait for this one time per year to try and set goals? What should we focus on personally and professionally? This year I did not set specific new year’s resolutions – but there has been an article shared on Facebook by a lot of my friends that got me thinking. Should our resolutions should be focused on the things we want to start? Or the things we want to stop?

The article I’m referring to is 30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself. In the post, the author shares ideas under the following presmise:

In order to “begin [the] process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.”

And there are some GREAT ideas there. Things to stop doing that probably sound like common sense after you read through it, but somehow we keep doing them anyway.

After about the 4th time I saw this on Facebook, it really started to make me think about what I might be doing now that I need to STOP doing in order to make room for what I WANT to do. Maybe our resolutions to start something new are unsuccessful because we just don’t have room for those new things? And maybe some of the things we do are a little self-destructive and don’t allow us to get beyond them?

Personally, back in early December my husband and I committed (again) to be healthier. I have a milestone birthday coming up in 2012, and I want this to be a really stellar year. This time, we embarked on a program that had us focusing on eliminating some foods that we had hung on to (yes, I’m a self-proclaimed carb junkie), but I had to learn enough about it to make the important decision to STOP eating processed carbs and foods. But I also go to START eating more natural fats – and yes that includes bacon and real butter (yum!).

Professionally, I’m trying to focus on what I need to stop doing, or those things I need to let go of, in order to make room for growth and progress that I want to push myself to this year. I need to finally admit that I am more of a control freak and perfectionist than I really want to be, and hope that I can stop that enough to start being a better mentor and leader.

So what about you…did you  make any resolutions for 2012? Were they resolutions to stop or start something? Even if you didn’t make any resolutions, what might you consider STOPPING this year in order to make room for something new?

Oh, and whether or not you choose to make a resolution – make it an incredible year!

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