It’s that time of year again. Early December. Thanksgiving has passed. We are full of pie and gratitude. If you’re like me, now is the time to take another look at that Goal List from January to see if there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of completing any of the goals by the end of the year.
(Shuffle papers, mumble, long pull on wine glass…)
Folks, it’s not looking good.
Despite that I’ve successfully rocked the monthly accountability challenges that I do with my friend, Patrice, I don’t seem to have a handle yet on three of my four major annual goals. Here’s how it’s going…
1. Read 30 books. “Readers make better thinkers,” they say, and I’m trying hard to be a critical and creative thinker. Normally this goal would not be a problem. However, this year I had a lot going on that distracted me from my daily habit, so my attempt to expand my mind and horizons faltered just a bit. Poor excuse, I know. There’s still time to pull it off if I buckle down, ignore housework and personal relationships (and Facebook!), and only read short things. If I channel the energy of my friend, Crystal King, who challenged herself to read 75 books in 52 weeks this year (and is almost there of this writing), I’ll only be one shy of my goal. I can live with that.
2. Achieve goal weight. Yeah. Let’s pretend this one never happened. Let’s pretend that I didn’t give up wheat, sugar, alcohol, and my will to live in an attempt to reach this goal. Let’s pretend that I didn’t try meditation, affirmation, essential oils, and supplements, and that I didn’t spend hundreds of hours exercising to reach this goal, only to be down about, oh, 3 pounds. I am a weight-loss Sisyphus, and stretchy pants are now the cornerstone of my wardrobe. I’m OK with that.
3. Pay off my one credit card. So I now have two credit cards. I could pretend this goal didn’t happen, too, if I didn’t want so badly to actually complete it. The truth is that I had unexpected financial expenses come up this year but I will be back on track this time next year. For real. No, really. For real. Put me down for paying off one of those two credit cards next year, for sure.
4. Post one blog post per month. Yay, me! This one was a success. Twelve months, twelve posts. I feel so ALIVE!!! MWAHAHAHA!
How did you do with your goals? Whether they were hit and miss or (like me) mostly miss, the good news is you tried; you eyed the prize of continuous improvement of your life and you went for it. You examined your life and shone a light on areas where you wanted more from yourself. Even better news is that we are alive and, not just tomorrow, but the next moment in front of all of us provides us with an opportunity to push, pull, or propel ourselves forward in whatever direction we choose. I choose to hit that reading list a little harder and hopefully end the year with a 50-50 record.
Stay tuned for the annual end-of-year post in which I’ll openly declare my goals for next year and invite you all to participate in a monthly accountability challenge. Until then, enjoy the holiday season and enjoy every moment of every day! That’s a worthy goal!