Best Of ’09: resolutions

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” ~Lily Tomlin

Well, today is the final day in Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge.  I’m happy to say that I’ve completed all 31 posts, and that I’m going to resume my regular schedule of 2 posts/week (Tuesdays and Fridays) starting tomorrow.  Though all the reflecting has been a wonderful challenge, I’m kind of sick of talking about myself!

OK. The final prompt in this challenge is:

Resolution you wish you’d stuck with. (You know, there’s always next year…)

playing my telecasterThis is the time of year when I like to look back through my journals.  I flip through to the Decembers and Januaries, scanning for the goals and resolutions I’ve scribbled down over the past few years.  A pattern emerges: “practice every day.”

I never end up practicing music every day.  I can sustain a few months of a practice routine, but then I lose that momentum, or I just get too busy with a project, or I go on tour.

I’ve come to realize that resolving to “practice every day” is not realistic, and kind of misses the point.  Why do I want to practice every single day? And what am I practicing?

This year I’m getting more specific.

planning for 2010

Over the past 6 days, I’ve been planning out my goals for 2010.  I’m almost done.  It’s a long process – I think I’ve spent about 5 hours on it so far. Considering that there are 365 days in a year, spending 7 days in planning mode seems worth it to me.

If I have any advice at all about setting goals/resolutions, it is this: try being a little more specific!

(photo by Greg King)

4 Responses to Best Of ’09: resolutions

  1. 🙂

    Many congrats to you for planning at all. I have some January goals set up, but am doing the majority of my initiations of “Big Projects” for mid/late January when the normal hub bub dies down.

    Grateful to have read you during the Best09 challenge…

  2. Kylie says:

    I’m still working my way through my goals for the year. I’ve never done it before, so it’s seeming scary and overwhelming. My goal for this week is to keep working on the goal-setting until I finish. One step at a time.

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