Well Christmas 2021 has come and gone and now it’s time to reflect. As I put away all the gifts and Christmas decor, I also take time to think about the past year. While I don’t make “resolutions”, I do set goals for myself each year. And what’s the point of goal setting if you don’t take time to see how you fared.
In 2021, I set four main goals for myself. Three of these goals were areas in which I wanted to “grow”. The fourth goal was to lose some weight. It’s not hard to guess where I was the most successful!
For the past 6 years, I have taken this task very seriously. I put the goals in writing and keep it in my planner. It’s not enough to simply set goals. You also must establish a plan of action. Without developing ways to pursue and measure your progress, the goals are nothing more than words on paper.
One of the ways I pursued growth was through reading. In total, I read 25 book in 2021. My goal was 20 books, so this was definitely a win. The topics of the books related to spiritual growth, leadership development and writing.
I love to learn new things and really embraced the books as tools to help me grow and improve in my weakest areas. As a social introvert, I am not naturally strong in the leadership department. I learned concepts that were completely new to me and was able to put them into practice and see the fruits of my labor.
Hopefully the things I learned about writing have helped improve my blog content. If nothing else, I definitely find it easier to put a post together! Pretty sure this goal will carry over to next year as well. There is so much more that I still need to learn!
In addition to reading, I attended several virtual training events, seminars and masterclasses. I even took a few mini-classes to further grow my knowledge base. I know, I’m a true “nerd”!
Losing weight has been my biggest challenge. I did not meet my goal, however, I did lose some weight and improved my overall health. Menopause has been “kicking my butt” in this department. I’m going to blame it on the hormones and continue to pursue eating more whole foods along with adding some variety to my exercise routine.
Setting New Goals
For me, self assessment is something I enjoy. Taking time to reflect and recognize my areas of weakness doesn’t cause me to feel bad about myself, rather, it gives me a goal to work toward. After all, no one is great at everything.
So, in 2022, I will continue to work on the things that don’t come naturally. My reading goal will be 25 books. The topics will remain the same, but I plan to add a few biographies of successful women for encouragement.
Currently I have a leadership role in two small groups, so continuing to grow my leadership skills is a must. Being task driven makes me a terrific manager of processes, but leading/managing people takes a different skill set.
There is also plenty of room for growth with my writing skills. Improving and further developing my writing style will definitely go on the 2022 goals list. Perhaps a creative writing class will be in my future!
As for losing weight, I will continue to “fight the fluff”. Eating more whole foods and smaller portions is step one. Step two is to continue my daily walking routine and add some kind of low impact weight training. Adding some variety will hopefully help me achieve my goal.
Some may ask “why go to all this trouble?” My answer is that nothing drifts toward excellence. Purposeful pursuit gets you where you want to go.
Here’s a reality check, my lifetime isn’t increasing and I want to be intentional with how I use my time and abilities. A great life doesn’t happen by accident, it is created through the choices you make each day.
I hope that you too will take time to reflect and I would love to hear your goals for 2022!
Happy New Year!