January is Always a Practice Month!!!

Am I the only one who believes January is always a practice month? Today is the last day of the month and I am reviewing the goals I set for 2022. I do this every year and every year it’s the same thing. I look at what I said I was going to do, what I actually have done this month and tweak my goals for the rest of the year.

I do this because sometimes (read always) I get a little overzealous with my planning and I realize I have to dial it back a notch. It’s not a bad thing, I don’t consider it a failure already and give up; I just reorganize and begin again. I think some people would look at it and think, well I didn’t do anything I said I was going to do, maybe I’ll just wait till next year. Then they go through the year feeling bad they “failed” again.

I spent a lot of years feeling like that. I wouldn’t think it all the time, but throughout the year it would creep into my thoughts, and I would get down on myself. And when I am down on myself, I tend to do stupid things like binge junk food, smoke too many cigarettes and watch too many things on television instead of doing what I know is better for me. Which would make me feel even worse…it’s a viscous cycle and I finally decided to get off that merry-go-round.

So now, I plan in December and write down my yearly goals, start the process in January keeping track of what I am actually doing toward those goals and when today hits I analyze my progress, make little adjustments and begin again. Some things come off the list and that is perfectly o.k., some things are added, and some things get scheduled for later in the year. You can do the same thing. It’s your goals and your list and you can tackle it anyway you want to. There is not one way to accomplish things, my way may not be your way. I am interested in progress not perfection, so if I have to tweak my goals every month, that’s alright with me, as long as I see myself moving forward.

So, how are my goals going so far? I said I was going to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation straight through…well I got through the first few chapters and stopped. I just couldn’t get into it. That’s o.k., I have read it all the way through before. What I have decided to do is a full blow out study on the Fruits of the Spirit. It is a topic that comes to me over and over again and has for years. Every time someone mentions it (and somehow, it gets mentioned a lot) I feel called to study each fruit and what it means in my life…so there you go, one change to my goals made. I am pretty stoked about it.

Another big goal I had was to stop smoking. Well…I have cut back to half my normal amount and will continue to do so. I do have an end date it mind and will let you know when I have stopped for good. The day Neil and I started the 8-week challenge, I decided to stop cold turkey…that did not go over very well. I was agitated and I actually cried a few times for no reason. I figured out I need to ween myself off and cut back gradually, but I will get there.

Those are just two examples of why I use January as a practice month. When I didn’t keep reading Genesis, I could have just stopped and not worried about it, but something better came around in my opinion and I decided to go for it. When I realized I had a hard time with the cold turkey bit, I chose a better game plan for me. I could have kept going, but someone was going to get hurt, LOL or I could have just not stopped or cut back at all and just decide to keep on smoking forever, but I don’t want to do that, so I tweaked the process.

If you are having a hard time with your 2022 goals already, like me, consider using January as practice. Sit down, review, see what’s working, what needs to be reinvented or even thrown out and start again. We still have a full 11 months to go this year, so many amazing things can happen in that time. Let’s do this!!!!

***Question for the comments…how do you handle the goals that aren’t going so well? Do you revise them, throw them out of the mix altogether or keep plugging though with the goal as is?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

8 thoughts on “January is Always a Practice Month!!!

  1. 🤣🤣🤣 I JUST redid my reading list. Not THE list, the other one. I put away the book you said and took it from strictly the angle I’m working on. Ahhh…smaller chunks and IDGAS how long it takes.
    You always have to readjust, continually, through the year. And Tracie knows this!😁

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  2. Love that you would call this a “Practice Month”! I needed that suggestion: I have made it through Genesis and now into Exodus! I’ll be honest with you, I did have more than 2 occasions that I had to catch up! But I wanted to do it so bad! The other goal, I’m like you, setting small limits and some days it works and some days it doesn’t; but I keep on tweaking it and I’m not feeling guilty yet🤣❤️

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  3. Good for you Tracie! Reframe and carry on!
    I had an aunt that said she would only start her resolutions on January 20th when all the holiday stuff was behind her. I remember thinking doesn’t matter the day, it just matters what works.
    Like you, I get a little overzealous at times and have to scale back. I always look at what caused me to not get what I wrote down then I readjust.
    And as we all know the biggest motivator to get anything done is to look at WHY you want to achieve this. When you know your why you’ll find your way!
    Great post Tracie! Keep up your great work!

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  4. So far my goal of taking care of my property tree line is right on schedule, my kalua pig sales was a great success…thanks to you and all the great friends I have…when it comes to bettering my health I stay away from even setting that goals cause I know I’ll fall short…I take health day by day…I ordered arbone from you and today I’ll be going to Costco for Almond milk…on top of that all I ate today so far was chicken salad sandwich and a cup of coffee, so today I’ll say I’m doing pretty good so far…

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    1. Sounds good…I’m starting to count my calories to see what I am really eating and making it healthy. I have Neil helping me and I have to get back to exercising. Always going to help you with the kalua pig…you know that 🙂🤙


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