I’m not going to tell you my goals. Some Guru’s say that telling everyone commits you to sticking to them. On the other hand it could commit those you tell to keep nagging you about them. That’s something I don’t need. But that may work for you. We all respond differently.
I have written my goals down. I’ve kept the list short. Experience has shown me that when I read them a month later if I have too many I’m daunted. It looks too hard and most of them drift away.
I’m not writing down ‘lose at least 5 kilos of weight’. Nor am I writing down ‘drink less alcohol’.
I did that last year and the year before and probably the year before that. 2020 and I weight about the same as I did at the beginning of 2019 and I am drinking about the same amount of wine. Is that a failure? I don’t need failures in my life. If I don’t write it down it’s not a goal.
I’m going to try to train myself to eat less. I’ll ask myself, ‘Do I need all those chips?’ ‘Do I need a third glass of wine?’ If the answer is yes, I’ll eat and drink and I won’t beat myself up when I think back to the huge dessert I had or how the level in the bottle of red has gone down. I’ll say, ‘Oh perhaps I won’t need that much next time’ and hope for the best. These are not goals. I haven’t written them down.
The most important thing I have done is to buy an exercise book, an A5 Sprout notebook (it fits in my handbag), from Typo in Acland Street, St Kilda.
I have written down my five goals. Two of them are writing projects, two practical living ones and one work related.
Five may be too many but it is better than ten!
There’s one big secret to being successful at achieving your goals is … Getting started.
I’m starting tomorrow by taking down my beautiful sparkly Christmas tree and packing it away for next year. Reviewing my work clothes to take me through the summer and writing up my Goal Notebook with small steps for January … small steps as the month is part way through. At the beginning of February I’ll review progress.
LAST YEAR I ACHIEVED A GOAL – MORE NEXT POST …………