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Off Topic: New Year, New You?

I am not necessarily a resolutions person. This may sound odd, but I find goals to be far too results-oriented and binary for me; if I set a goal, I either achieve it or don't, and more often than not, I miss things along the way to the goal that might have been beneficial or interesting, in pursuit of the goal. I also get really down on myself if I fail to achieve a goal I've set, which isn't the point of a goal, really.

It's not that having things to work towards is not worthwhile; I always have something I'm interested in achieving or doing. I just find that the way my brain works, it's easier and better to be a little less dogmatic about 'I MUST DO THIS THING BY THIS TIME' - I still give myself a framework of things I want to do, but I allow myself the freedom to not do them 100% or to take longer than I'd hoped to take (this may also be why I wasn't very good at school when I was in school!).

So, as I said, I'm not much for resolutions - last year's resolution was to lose 30 pounds, and I lost about 20. Not a failure by any means, but not where I want to be, so this year I carry over those 10 lb and will shoot to lose 30 lb over the course of the year. I also want to bike more - I only did one 100 mile ride last summer, and this summer I'd like to do two.

What about you? Are you a goal-oriented/resolution-making person? Did you meet your goals for 2013? What are your goals and aims for 2014?

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