2019 Goals Re-imagined!
Focus on your goals. Don’t look any direction but ahead.
I started of 2019 with some lofty goals and ambitions, and I came to the realization the other day that I have hit none of those goals yet. I sat down, and really thought about my behavior and actions up to this point, only to realize I’ve been sabotaging myself. I’ve set too many goals, tried to overhaul my whole personality, my ingrained habits, and I’ve tried to do it all basically overnight. That’s been a huge obstacle, and has forced me back into my old ways rather quickly, which I’m highly unhappy about. I’m vowing to basically give myself a do-over of my goals and resolutions for the year. I’m going to stop putting so much pressure on myself, I’m going to break my bigger goals down into smaller, more attainable goals, and I’m for sure going to stop beating myself up when I screw up or make a mistake.
To start this off, I’m going to look at my goal of reading 60 books in 2019. That requires a book and a half a week at the least, and while I’ve been doing pretty well about sticking with that, especially since the current series I’m reading (I’ll do another post on that) is so freaking amazing. However, it’s now starting to feel like a chore, like I HAVE to read this book in a week, regardless of what else I’ve got going on in my life. I’m going to drop that down to 20 books for the year, which I’ve already completed 8 of. I got an awesome Amazon Oasis for Christmas, and I really want to love using it rather than feeling like I’m forced to to keep up with some ridiculous goal.
The next goal is overhaul is losing 80 pounds. I’ve been attempting this in some form or another for probably 5 or 6 years, on and off as my weight has ballooned. I did great last year losing 30 pounds, but I’ve honestly gained some of it back, and I’m really discouraged about it. I’ve been trying to make it complicated by making elaborate meal preps when I should have stuck with the tried and true ones. I’ve been psyching myself out in one form or another with my exercise routine, or claiming I don’t have the equipment I need or the time, or that I’m too tired from my previous workouts. Well, I finally picked out and ordered the last couple things I kept telling myself I needed as an excuse. No more of that.
My next goal is my savings. This is one goal I have that has been actually pretty reasonable, but that I just have not been sticking to very well. I’m planning to have $5,000 at minimum in savings for when Andrew and I finish building our house in June or July. That will be used for whatever appliances, furniture, or household items we need when we move. I hadn’t really broken this goal down into actionable steps, and was just kind of moving money around willy nilly. I’ve decided to go through each month, examine my monthly expense, and set up automatic transfers to move money into savings. That’ll take it out of my sight and I won’t even have to think about saving! A side goal related to this one is to improve my credit. By the end of the year, I want to have no debt besides my car loan, and our house. No credit cards, nothing in collections, nothing negatively affecting me at all. This will probably be the easiest goal to achieve, because I am mostly okay at this point, but I still have some rebuilding to do after spending years ruining my credit in my late teens and early 20s.
Lastly, my main goal for 2019 is the get back in school. I’ve been studying quite a lot here recently, trying to prep myself for the placement test I need to take. I nearly passed last time, but I had forgotten more math than I realized. I’d like to get in for summer semester to just take one class or something to get back into the swing of things. Depending on how my testing goes, I may need to focus more on fall semester. Either way, I have some amazing goals for my college experience, and I’m ready to freaking kill them!
Each of these goals will be tracked by ‘Monthly’ and ‘Weekly’ goals posts, as well as in my ‘My Goals’ app on my phone. I have a paper copy in my PassionPlanner (also going to be a separate post), and I’ve cleared my phone of junk, blocked distractions, and added reminders for each goal deadline. I know that I’m more than capable of accomplishing these goals; it’s just about applying myself from this point forward. Wish me luck!