I’m great at making goals, but not so great at achieving them.
Last week you’ll remember I set a lot of goals, some of which were really not goals but wishes because they’re not actions I can control. Like saying I want to increase my Instagram following is not a goal because I can’t make people follow me.
Looking back at my list of 13 goals last week, I can honestly say I only fully accomplished 2 and made some headway on 3 others – that’s less than 40 percent achievement. Would that be okay for you? Would that be satisfactory performance at a job? Absolutely not! I’d probably get fired if I was accomplishing at that level at work. It’s not acceptable for my life plan either so I’ve decided to do something about it.
Yesterday, I started Day 1 of the Intentional Living course again (I’m reading Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters as an accompaniment). I started last week – I watched the videos in the evening and thought about but didn’t really complete the assignment. This time, I’m doing it different – I’m doing the course first thing in the morning after my morning worship – planning what I will accomplish that day and being intentional with my actions.
Sometimes, you have to regroup and make a different plan of attack. Sometimes you have to do it several times until you find the plan that works for your life. But as I read in another book I am reviewing later this week (called Design the Life You Love), your life is your most important project. So if something doesn’t work, you don’t quit, you don’t throw in the towel and give up, you don’t get fired from managing your life, so you try something else and a thousand something-elses if necessary, and you keep trying until you get the results you want.Right?
Last week, my proudest accomplishments were:
- Going to visit a man from my church who’s been ill for some time. When we got to his house, he was putting on a brave face but after we had been there for a while, he was smiling and jolly and he kept hugging us and telling us how happy he was that we had come to visit. I really need to visit people more.
- Spending intentional time with some of my young people. Over the last few weeks, I have been trying to schedule time to just talk with my kids, ask them what they’re dealing with and try to help motivate them to get the life they want.
- I found someone’s jacket and I didn’t just leave it, hoping he got it back somehow. Instead, I went out of my way to arrange to get it back to him. Sometimes, it’s not easy to do the right thing or the nice thing or the good thing – it’s definitely not as easy as doing nothing. But even if doing good isn’t easy, it should always be the aim.
So now that I’ve acknowledged what I did last week, this coming week I’ll focus on:
- Finish the writing project I was working on last week
- Write at least 2K words everyday
- Make outline for my NaNoWriMo2015 project
Health and Fitness:
- Do a 1 hr workout everyday – run or gym
- Strength train 3 days
- Eat a salad everyday
Business and Network:
- Make outlines for a class I’ll be teaching next month
- Plan an Avon event
- Make 20 new blog friends – network
- Spend my best minutes in worship
- Complete Week 1 of Intentional Living course
- Be intentional with spending quality time with my friends and family
How did you do with your goals last week? Are you making any changes with how you attack your agenda this week?
What are you reading to keep you motivated?