One Thing For 2012

five things to try, four things to look forward to, three confessions, two amazing people and the one last thing to start the year off right.The Final Five: my countdown of, yep, you guessed it, the final five posts of the calendar year. And what a better way to wind down 2011 (read: phone it in while I’m on vacation) than some 2012 lists! Tune in all week long for

Two years ago, I took a slightly different approach to resolutions. Rather than attempt several things at once goals, I started the year off with one specific, ambitious, achievable goal. As someone who has always struggled to stay in shape, I was way overdoing it on the soda and decided to quit cold turkey as of January 1, 2010. I managed to go the entire year without touching a single drop of the stuff1 and am still soda free two year later. Since the attempt was successful, I decided to add another specific, ambitious resolution last year after being inspired by DJ Waldow to give up bottled water. Once again, I managed to make my way through 2011 without touching a drop.

This idea of tacking one thing every year might be slow, but it’s working and I’m looking to add something new in 2012. Since I’ve taken a health slant the past two years, it seems logical (and is certainly necessary) to keep moving in this direction. This year’s “One Thing” is to eliminate boredom eating. To focus in on three meals and two snacks a day. No more. No more late-night junk food, no more compulsive mid-day snacking. I have a feeling that this will be ugly, but I believe it’s doable.

So why am I telling you this? Why make this my last post of the year? Well, there are a few reasons. It will keep me honest and I hope that it might help you as you determine your own resolutions for 2012. But the main reason I wanted to share is that this approach spread to have a significant impact on just about every endeavor I undertake these days. I’ve always been a go big or go home type of person and this mentality often led to spectacular failures. While it occasionally leads to great success, it’s a far too inconsistent approach to take to many of life’s challenges. The idea of choosing “One Thing” has continued to allow me to dream big, but act realistically. I can still be ambitious, but it’s helped me to execute tactically. This goes far beyond simple resolutions; it has helped me to focus on one thing at a time in almost anything I attempt to accomplish.

While I’m making big plans for my 2012, many of which I’ve shared here over the past few days, I’m not going to try to get it all done in January. I’m thinking about the whole the year, rather than simply focusing on the start of it. I’m preparing to go one thing at a time to help improve my chances for success. I’m dreaming big, but thinking small and you’d be surprised where that can take you. That said, I still want to start the year out on the right foot and my excessive snacking seems a great place to start.

Thanks for reading along this year. Looking forward to bigger and hopefully better ideas in 2012. Happy New Year!

  1. Excluding club soda and seltzer.  

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