Old Priorities VS New Goals
Changing my life one goal at a time
A few years ago the only things I did with my time was work, watch tv and sleep but finding my focus has changed that. Back then I rarely saw friends except on the rarest of occasions, I didn’t have hobbies, and I felt physically drained and depressed all the time. And then one day, I decided to make it my goal to go abroad without waiting for anyone else and start attacking my bucket list. So I looked online, did my research and in about a week, booked my first trip to Europe. It took me two years to pay for this trip but I made memories to last a lifetime.
Travel, my gateway drug
When I came back I dumped the loser I was seeing and wanted more. I wanted more travel, more experiences, more fun in my life. So I started making other plans. I basically used the method I told you guys about in my last post, where I gave you all 9 steps for defining your best life. If you haven’t read it, just click here! But I’ve digressed.
I started off just doing the cliche thing, New Year’s Resolutions. But I would actively work on hitting them throughout the year. I would usually set about 6 a year and hit around 4 to 5 on average. (For those who hit 100% a year, you guys are freaks, sorry not sorry).
How I started
One of the keys to actually accomplishing my resolutions was keeping the list somewhere I could refer to it often. I chose my phone because it is 2017 and who doesn’t attach themselves to their phones these days? I used an app that allowed me to create and checklist and at the end of the year, crossed off my accomplishments. Now I set new goals whenever I feel like I can. I look at the time I have and what I am willing to make room in my life for. Right now my priorities are the following:
- Spending as much quality time as I can with my nephew
- Get better at art
- Write more
- Read more
- Get healthier
- Be more involved in the theater arts
- Be more social, make new friends and spend time with old ones.
- Travel more
So in order to truly treat these things as priorities, I knew I needed to set goals. So my goals became the following:
- See my nephew every weekend and plan something fun.
- Practice drawing or painting twice a week.
- Watch Youtube videos for art inspiration 3 times a week.
- Spend 4 sessions a week writing. 2 days for my book and plays, and 2 days for my blog.
- Read 50 books in a year. (Last year I did 100 and I’m currently at 54 for this year!)
- Work out 3 times a week, 30 mins each.
- Make my diet low carb, with a focus towards real, whole foods.
- Watch a minimum of 20 live shows a year. (I’m already at 25 for the year!)
- See a friend once a week.
- Have a phone call with a friend once a week.
- Leave the country twice a year.
- Leave the city or state four times a year.
But your goals aren’t normal…
As you can see, my goals aren’t necessarily the usual, I want to get healthy so my goal is to lose 45lbs (not arbitrary, that is my first weight loss goal). But I don’t think of it as I need to lose 45lbs, I think of it as I need to workout X times a week and eat this way. Why? Because if I make it my goal to complete certain actions, as long as I am pushing myself towards completing those steps, I will hit my goal. If I plateau or don’t see the effects, I will be less frustrated because the weight loss wasn’t the goal I was focused on. Plus action steps are easily “tweak-able” (is that a word?) for stubborn plateaus. The whole idea coming from the concept of how even the longest journeys are created with a series of single steps.
My next series of blog posts will be based on my experiences with each of these goals and I hope you guys find it interesting! Let me know what you think and if you have any other suggestions on how you hit goals!