I love the idea of goals, creating a vision of where you want to be. Even if you don’t achieve them, they remain in the back of your mind – calling out every now and again, reminding you of the direction you desire.
Like most, I often find myself overstating goals, and getting far more enthusiastic than what is actually reasonable in my life. I want to practice setting goals that are achievable for me, and work on setting steps towards achieving them that make the journey as worthwhile as the destination.
The first thing that came to my mind when I thought about setting goals for 2018 was that I need to do more for me. I spend too much time worrying about others and what they think of me, I need to work on doing things for myself and trusting that those around me will understand.
2018 – More for Me
Goal 1: Fitness
I use the word “fitness” lightly. I’m not fit, I won’t be fit, “fit” isn’t achievable, however, improving fitness IS achievable. So here are the steps I’m going to take to achieve this.
- Yoga – I took up yoga when I first started University and really loved it but once I got sick it became too much to maintain along with everything else I was dealing with. This year I’d like to build up my yoga practice, with a final goal of doing yoga three or more times each week. To begin I’ll be doing some simple stretches and exercises each night before bed, working myself up to full 30min sessions.
- Dance – I started dance lessons when I was 6 or 7. I’m not really sporty at all so dance was always a great way for me to keep active. I’ve tried a couple of times in the last 5 years to pick it up again but haven’t had much success at sticking to it. This year I’m going to take up weekly lessons in Ballroom and Latin dance with the aim of achieving my second medal at the social dance level.
- Walking – Walking is more about accepting my walking stick and learning to not be ashamed with it in public. Walking is a great way to exercise gently and spend time with my partner, but I often find myself avoiding it because it’s hard to know how far a safe distance is on any given day. I own a cute little floral walking stick that folds comfortably into a bag but I’m still working on having the confidence to actually get it out and keep it with me for when I overstep the very fine line.
Goal 2: Career
When I first started job hunting for my first post-uni job I didn’t imagine that it would really be something I could build a career from. I was keen to get out there and get stuck in, but the realist in me felt that I should start low and learn the basics first, perhaps try a few different roles before settling into any one position. This year has been a bit of a rollercoaster for me work-wise but I’m really proud of how far I’ve come and I think it’s important to have a few goals to keep me heading onwards and upwards.
- Earn that Promotion – Like I said, this year has been a whirlwind. To cut a long story extremely short… when I start back in January I’ll be training a new staff member with the aim of her eventually taking on my position. My first goal is a simple one, help her out in every way, shape or form and earn the promotion I’ve been promised once someone can take my place.
- Initiative – My second and final work goal is simply to be the best employee I can be. I’m privileged to have bosses who are willing to trust me and listen to my ideas so I want to make the most of that and prove to them their trust is not misplaced. I don’t really have a way to measure this goal other than by the mood of those around me; both clients and fellow staff members included.
Goal 3: Just for Fun
- Learn to speak Dutch – I don’t expect to be fluent by the end of the year or anything crazy like that… I mean, currently I can count to 29. It’s not very impressive. This year I want to start taking this seriously. By the end of the year I’d like to be able to hold a (very) basic conversation without too much hesitation. Or at least be able to name most of the common items around my home. I haven’t quite worked out how I’m going to tackle this one, it’s something that my partner and I want to do together so we might just set aside a certain night each week for study and practising.
- Play the Flute – This is one that’s been in the back of my mind for a few years now. I played flute in high school but once I left home and was no longer getting lessons I found it hard to convince myself to keep going. I’d really REALLY hate to forget how to play so this year I’d like to make a conscious effort to play at least once a month. That’s 12 times in the next year… should be achievable right? I know this isn’t enough to improve my skill at all but with a bit of luck it might just be enough to reignite the fire.
It’s kind of daunting looking back over what I’ve written, when I started writing this I thought I might only have one or maybe two things I really wanted. I’ve re-read this several times now wondering if there is something I should be taking out to make it more achievable, but you know what? I REALLY want ALL of these things. I’ll be taking baby steps, and making a conscious effort to not be too hard on myself if something becomes unachievable, but I think I can get there… and what a good year it will be.