There is great power to identifying and naming the things you want.
If you know what you want, it’s a million times easier to know how to get there. Not that getting there will be easy, but at least you know what you need to do.
So, since I named my goals way back at the start of the year, it’s definitely time for a check-in. It’s the beginning of March! We’re already 1/6 of the way through the year. (Does that blow anyone else’s mind?) There are some things I’m doing really well with, and some that I want to bring more into focus this month.
#5: Excellent progress. First, I have to say that I’m really excited about my French goal. I can tell you that I just got back from my French class (Je viens de retourner chez mois après ma class du français), what I’m wearing (je porte une chemise verte et le jean), and what time it is (c’est 13 h). I signed up for a French class through l’Université de Saint-Boniface that started in early January. It’s an 11-week course and as crazy as it is, we’re almost done already! I will definitely be signing up for the next level.
#1: Moderate progress. I wanted to read one book per month for the year, but January was crazy (including a new job and a vacation during what would have been the last week of my old job), so I ‘failed’ that one right off the bat. I’ve modified it in my mind to be an average of one book per month. If I read 12 books throughout the year, I will consider that one a success. I’ve currently reading my second (non-fiction) book of the year.
#2: Moderate progress. So far I have not kept a proper record of how much physical activity I’ve allowed my body to enjoy. I typically play sports 1-3 times per week, and while on vacation I was active every single day except one rainy one, so I think my average would work out to 3x a week so far this year. But I can’t grade myself any higher than moderate because I think it’s important to be much more consistent and deliberate than I have been.
I can’t know for sure, but I’m willing to bet that if I hadn’t set these goals and written them down, I would not have made this progress. I referred back to my own blog post to read over what I’d determined as important. That being said, it’s a good thing we’re only 1/6 of the way through the year, because I have a lot of work to do still!
#3 & 4: Poor progress. I have done a little, but very little, in these two areas. I have made some good food choices but not with any measure of consistency, and the routine I’m sort of in is solely based on the time I have to start work. I can do better, and I will do better.
#7: Preparation, but no progress. I asked one person how he eats oatmeal, and was very surprised by the amount of detail he gave me in his response. That’s a good first step, but I haven’t tried it myself or made any further effort.
#6 & 8: No progress. I tried doing a handstand using a wall maybe three or four times, which I don’t consider to be any level of progress. I really just have no idea where to start on this one. Same with yoga! I need to just find a beginner-level instructional video on YouTube and go from there, but I haven’t yet taken the time to do so.
#9: Regression. Until mid-December I had a membership at a martial arts gym. Due to life circumstances I have not renewed, and my body feels the difference. I’m not as strong as I was, and I hate it. This is non-negotiable and needs to change asap. Of course it’s tied in with regular exercise, but my goal is to be strong and capable, not just get my heart rate up. And that is going to take some doing.
Despite being irritated with myself about that last one, I’m not beating myself up at this point. This isn’t November; I haven’t wasted my whole year. This is a solid start, and it’s good to take a look at these things to know where I’m moving in the right direction, and where I need to adjust my course a little.
This is why we set goals, and this is why reviewing them is so important. You need to make sure you’re on course, and if you’re not, figure out what you’re going to do about it! No one else will do it for you. If you want to make it happen, that’s on you.
So if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to read a little more of my book, then to spend some time moving outside!
Coming soon: a plan for what I’m going to focus on next, and the small changes I can make to start moving myself in the right direction.