For two years I have looked a list of goals that I wish to achieve throughout the year almost every day, and both years I did not achieve everything I wanted to.
For two years I have failed to obtain my TEFL certificate by completing an online training course.
While I probably read more than any other year, there’s no way that I read a new book every two weeks.
I didn’t come close to achieving a muscle up or a solid handstand when it came ot my workout goals.
I continued learning Russian, but I probably practiced less than I had during my entire four years of practicing it.
I absolutely did not write every day.
But what did I do?
I started a podcast and continued working on it throughout the year.
I got better at digital marketing.
I found a new job.
I started practicing yoga again.
I took care of my new car.
I visited Sweden and Northern Ireland.
I got smarter with investing, made more money, and diversified my income and investment accounts, and I spent my money wisely.
The overarching theme for 2018 was optimization. In order to achieve what I wanted to, I had to add new tools to my kit. In order to do a muscle up, I bought workout bands to help me move above the bar. In order to read more, I focused on reading one book at once instead of trying to read as many as I could.
As you can see, I accomplished way more of my goals than I didn’t. I can sit and pout over what I didn’t accomplish, or I can be proud of what I did achieve and look forward to the next year.
When it comes to 2019, I am even looking more forward to the new list of challenges I wish to accomplish, and what I will learn in the process.
A version of my 2018 goals list:
In 2018 I will…
1. Go crazy with my podcast
2. Get better at digital marketing
3. Find a new job
4. Start practicing yoga again
5. Read a new book every two weeks
6. Take care of my new car
7. Visit Sweden and Northern Ireland
8. Handstand and Muscle Up
9. Get smarter with investing, make more money, spend wisely, and diversify my income
10. Practice Russian
11. Finish My TEFL course
12. Write every damn day
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