“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” -Mark Twain
For the past twenty thousand years, losing weight, paying off debt and keeping in touch with my loved ones have been among the items in my goal list at the beginning of every year. None of those goals have been significantly accomplished, of course. My goals have merely been words floating in my head or maybe, if lucky, words written in a piece of paper; they never became a plan and, consequently, they never became a reality. After endless hours and days and weeks and months browsing online about being more productive, about goal setting, about the perfect planner, and after seeing myself failing at this again and again, during 2018 I fortunately had an epiphany and discovered why this was happening.
My goal setting process always begun and ended at the exact same moment: the moment where I verbalized the goal. It always died there. I never asked myself: “Okay, so you wanna lose weight? What now? What are you going to do?”. So after reading a lot about SMART goals and goal breakdown I decided to give it a try. I wrote my goals so many times between November and December until I wrote down small and doable intentions that afterwards were broken down into smaller action steps. I cannot say that I have a perfect plan or that I will accomplish everything exactly as I’m wanting to but, honestly, I’ve written intentions that I actually see myself getting them done., they are things that fit in my schedule and routines, and they are things that are truly meaningful to me and that would improve my life if I accomplish them.
Truth to be told, my intentions are far from”Start a million dollar business” or “Pay off 50k of debt in six months”. They are simple joyful things. Why? Well… during 2018 experience some losses: material, personal, spiritual… And 2018 was emotionally hard; it became a very passive year when I spend most of my time slacking on the couch, scrolling on my phone and wishing instead of doing. I learned lot of things and gather many ideas but they were all stuck in my head because I couldn’t just start. When I was able to recognize that and stop blaming myself for it, I knew I was ready to do something about it. In that moment I decided to stop “looking for”, I decided to “just do it”.
It was really helpful to ask myself for potential obstacles and what do I need to accomplish that first step. After breaking down my intentions, I need to start devoting specific time for specific tasks, and more importantly: I need to reduce screen time. Those are my real goals for the year ahead. The rest are my intentions, results, milestones; the things that I am willing to achieve if I can turn those two first goals into a reality.
That’s my real challenge this year.
And since “make it public, make it happen”, here are my 10 intentions for 2019:
- Learn and improve new and existing skills throughout the year.
- Finish my 2018 reading list by June.
- Pay off my Master Card by June.
- Complete at least 2-4 creative projects.
- Complete at least 2-4 home projects.
- Walk for 20 minutes at least three times per week.
- Spend only 30 minutes on social media per day.
- Write at least 300 words 4-5 days per week.
- Establish morning/evening routines when possible and while embracing plan changes.
- Keep in touch more with my loved ones.