Here we are! The new year has started and it is time to get things going. Maybe you found the title of this entry a little odd. Why “commitments” instead of “resolutions”?

Well, words are what we make out of them. I associate “resolution” to a short-time effort that people drop down when facing any adversity. This idea scares me and that is why I prefer the word “commitment“.

Happy 2013! This year I will…
For the first time, I wrote down a small list with my plan for 2013. I feel attached to it already and that is why I want to blog about it. Since then, this list grew a bit, but even if I need to update it here and there, these are the my main objectives for the next 12 months (no specific order):
  • Get competition ready by the beginning of April: I am looking forward participating in the Limburg Open, so… 😉
  • Keep on improving as an athlete: including stage presence, marketing and all other aspects involved in getting myself known in the sport and  in the media. I have big dreams and having a strong brand is a very important part of it;
  • Give the first steps towards a pro-card: the amount of shows in which one can get a pro-card is REALLY limited in EU. Adding to that, I haven’t seen any Masters competition for Bikini. I’m not backing down though;
  • Finish the Personal Trainer course: there is so little information and support for girls who want to get lean and fit here. I love helping and motivating people. It would be great if I could aid them get in shape too;
  • Progress professionally: once a workaholic nerd, there is no salvation for you. I will be assuming a new job position soon and I am really excited about its future possibilities;
  • Become a more patient, organized and relaxed person (=zen): as a perfectionist and a control freak, I ended up adding extra unnecessary pressure to my shoulders. I seriously need to start working on that;
  • Sleep more: even though it may sound the easiest one, I still haven’t been able to find the best solution to achieve it. I’m still struggling with the limited opening hours from all gyms here and my working schedule. I will find a way though;
  • Embrace a natural lifestyle: my intake is already based on whole foods, and I already exercise regularly, but there is more I can do to achieve the balance I mentioned some points before by taking a next step towards a healthy life style.


These are my short, medium and long plans for 2013. They are very simple, but require consistency and hard work. I am taking one step a time to avoid creating useless chaos and confusion that could hinder my progress. Like a friend of mine always says: “Life is great!”. And it really is, but one has to live it day after day in order to be able to appreciate and enjoy it.


2013

So these are my plans? And yours? What are your commitments for this new year? 


I want to hear from you too! Let’s support each other along the way and celebrate together our accomplishments!
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Debbie Rodrigues is a Productivity Expert. She helps busy career women create a productive routine that fits their lifestyle. She does this through coaching, online courses and through the blog debbieinshape.com.