Even though this review is a little late, I love the accountability of writing this post each month. In some ways writing it isn’t something I necessarily relish, as I may have to acknowledge I have failed to meet my goals.
But while it doesn’t make me happy to acknowledge this, acknowledging it makes me also think about why I haven’t. Sometimes there are valid reason, sometimes it is because new opportunities have come along, other times it is simply because I haven’t prioritised these goals appropriately.
It is through admitting I missed the mark, failed to meet the goal that I can also learn and apply myself differently next time.
I no longer see failure as something to fear. I see it as an opportunity to learn and progress, albeit maybe slowly and in a zig zag fashion.
I have been working on my goals for 2014 and being braver to try is going be an overarching theme for me.
And as I do so many times, I use a quote from Seth Godin for inspiration:
My November goal review
Me - I am less rushed and healthier.
|Continue to improve my diet: one meat free meal a week, reduce consumption of sugar and carbs.
|I made few new snacks this month No Bake Macadamia Nut Biscuits and Easy Protein Balls. I loved them and so did readers who made them too.
Need to build up my repertoire of snacks more again over the next couple of months.
I will however eat all sorts of things on Christmas day that I no longer eat.
|Read six books by the end of the year.
|I am half way through my 5th book - not sure I will make it to 6 for the year, but I have come much closer than I thought I would - I gave up on this goal half way through the year.
|Add variety to my exercise regime.
|I sustained another injury in November, not too bad but enough to make me not run for over 10 days.
|Sleep at least 6 hours a night on a regular basis.
|Some very good nights and some very bad nights. Work required.
Family - We spend more time doing things together.
|Monthly family meetings.
|We missed November for some reason 🙁 . Will make sure we have one before the school holidays start.
|Eat out together on a quarterly basis.
|Not applicable this month.
|Have an active family holiday.
|Thanks to Jetstar this goal is now completed. We had the most amazing holiday in Japan.
You can read about our adventures here - Japan With Kids.
|Two big bush walks throughout the year.
|Not exactly the wilderness but we have been taking the dog and the kids for a walk on a local trail. The kids love it and are always wanting to do it more often.
Relationship - We have more time together on our own and support each others interests.
|A weekend away in 2013.
|Attend an event in the Comedy Festival, see 1 play, see 1 live music gig and a attend one event at the Melbourne Festival.
|Mr I will play football, cricket and cycle.
|Tricky times fitting in both our schedules at the moment as Mr I ramps up his training. School holidays should make this a little easier for us with no weekend sporting commitments.
|I will continue exercising 5 - 6 times a week.
Work - Improved usability and resources on the blog and improved blogging skills.
|Analyse PWK survey and implement changes to the blog by quarter one.
|Develop the calendar to the next stage by quarter two.
|No longer proceeding with this.
|Take course at Australian Writers Centre by quarter three.
|Goal not met. Do I get half points as I am now teaching a blogging course at the Australian Writers Centre??
|Release new product by quarter four.
|Goal not met. Sometimes opportunities present themselves that you could not have imagined at the start of the year.
I now have two consistent freelance writing commitments and a short term one starting early in the new year. I am getting better at realising I cannot do everything, so opted to focus on these paid writing ventures instead of creating a new product.
With less than a month left of 2013, do you think you will achieve your goals for the year?