I am trying something different with my annual goals.
In years past, I’ve identified a lengthy list of accomplishments to pursue. Yet each year this approach has me feeling bogged down by the minutia of it all. In an effort to be a better person I cannot simply do things, I must be someone.
Instead, I’m going to concentrate my energy on improving across 12 individual areas; one for each month. Each word represents a thematic concept I want to spend time focusing on. The order is far from random. I considered time of year and personal life changes that would allow me to be intentional with my focus and allow me to build in each area month after month.
Word of the Month
At the beginning of each month I’ll share the meaning behind my selection and illustrate how I plan to actually live the word.
January // Envision:
Big picture: I spend a considerable amount of time thinking about what my ideal life would look like if I got out of my own way. Yet in all my daydreaming, I’ve never taken the time to consciously articulate it. I want to change that.
To think about: What is success? What are the things that directly correlate to happiness? Who are the people I want to spend my time with?
Little daily action: Examine decisions big and small and determine how they play a role in my vision.
End result: A feeling of confidence in the direction my life is going.
February // Consistency:
Big picture: Getting better is not random. It comes from taking action. Last month was about identifying what success looks like. This month is about implementing structure that will allow for long-term personal success.
To think about: How do you set up habits that don’t feel like chores?
Little daily action: Sleep right. Eat right. Work right. Exercise right.
End result: A thought-out habit plan that will stick even when my willpower wildly fluctuates day-to-day.
Despite my earlier statement, I cannot fully move away from an old fashioned action-oriented list. My Bucket List is still an enormous motivational tug and provides for endless things for me to strive towards. The below goals include items from both that list and the list that lives in my head of things that would make for a productive and fun 2019.
– Learn to cook + meal prep + act like an adult in a kitchen
– Begin co-writing a book with my sister (2020 publication date)
– Go on a life-changing trip. Firmly convinced I’ve already done this, so I’m planning on doing this one x2.
– See a Broadway performance (Hamilton?) [Bucket List]
– Witness the Northern Lights [Bucket List]
– Receive a promotion + raise
– Learn to be a better manager
– Write 12 blog posts
– Meet (virtually or irl) 100 people through this website
– Run a 5K [Bucket List]
– Run a 10K [Bucket List]
– Complete 40 consecutive pull-ups [Bucket List]
– Join a gym that makes me WANT to frequently attend
– On being a loving and supportive boyfriend
– On making time for friends
– On saying “no” to some things
I established a bunch of habits for myself in 2019. Self-admittedly I am not the best at maintaining momentum on new habits, but I built a system of record to ensure that I stay motivated to reach my target by year’s end.