I decided at the beginning of the year that instead of resolutions I would set goals. I was never very good at keeping resolutions so goal-setting seemed like a smarter idea.
And it was. Even though I didn’t accomplish all the goals I established, working toward them still feels like an accomplishment. Taking a look at the goals I set back in January, here’s how I fared.
- Walk 520 miles by Dec. 31, 2014. I DID IT!! This is the one I’m most proud of. Not only did I walk the 520 miles, I accomplished it ahead of schedule.
- Pick up the phone! Connect with five people per month – an actual conversation, not email, not text but a real phone conversation. This one still needs some work. I think I’ll keep this one on the plan for 2015.
- Read 2 business-related books per quarter. I read 7 business-related books this year so am one shy of my goal. But since it is only Dec. 18, I still might make it.
- Read 4-6 non-business books per quarter. Only 11 non-business books.
- Take a cooking class by June 30, 2014. Invite book club ladies to try what I learn. Yes, I did this one with my mom and yes, the book club ladies had a chance to try one of the recipes.
- Learn sign language by my birthday (October 13). Have a conversation with my friend Sherri using only ASL. Going to keep this one on the list, too. I keep looking for a class that fits my schedule.
The biggest takeaway for me of this whole thing is that setting achievable goals is always a good thing. Doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to complete each goal, but the journey may be more important than the destination.