Why review your goals?
In this post, I’m reviewing the goals I made in July and setting some goals for August. Why? In Leonie Dawson’s My Shining Year workbook, she uses a quote that says:
80% of people don’t think of goals
16% of people don’t write their goals down
4% of people write their goals down
1% of people write down their goals AND review them regularly. These are among the high achievers.
For this reason, it has always been important for me to set goals down in writing, and to check in on them. That way, you can make sure that you’re focusing on the right things, and get back on track when things don’t go the way you expected.
Reviewing July’s goals
In July I set myself a number of goals around homeschooling, health, spirituality, business, money and fun. I did achieve some of the things:
- my son did attend the summer camps. We did work on knitting, reading and some experiments around centrifugal force and robotics.
- in relation to health, I started working with a nutritionist and am setting weeks goals to change habits and increase my activity levels. I did however, have to have another set of steroids for my asthma and use a steroid inhaler long term now.
- during July, I attended the bio energy workshop and have signed up to do the diploma from September.
- With my business, I become much clearer on what my business looks like and who my client base will be. I realised that with all the loss I have experienced in my life, I am well placed to help mum’s dealing with grief to get back to themselves. I’ve packed up much of dads things, but there is still some more stuff to deal with. Mainly paperwork around his estate, but it’s more time consuming than I expected. I’ve developed 3 email opt-ins: one for blog updates, one for a discount voucher for the shop and a daily dose of positivity. I’ve scheduled over 260+ emails but there is still more to do before I publish it. I’ve republished my Facebook page and started using Twitter again.
- I didn’t achieve the money goal I set for my business, but I did achieve the goal in different ways, selling clutter on ebay and Facebook.
- Fun kind of fell by the wayside.
Why July’s goals got derailed
In many ways July was a good month, however, one of the reasons many of my goals got derailed was that my husband had a heart attack in the middle of the month. He was obviously hospitalised, but the hospital was 2 hours away from us, so visiting took up much of the days.
He was very lucky. Long story short, he had two stents inserted, was discharged home after a couple of days, is on loads of medication, can’t drive or work for a few weeks and starts cardiac rehab next month. Having been through something similar, but much worse with my father, (who went into total systems failure and needed to stay in hospital for weeks) I was so grateful that there was minimal damage to his heart, and the long-term prognosis is very good.
But it threw me.
For a while, I wouldn’t let hubby be left alone, in case anything happened. It’s taken time to trust that he’s going to be ok. Having just lost dad, the thought of losing yet another loved one was too much. I’ve needed some time to process what happened, support hubby and start to make changes to our lifestyle.
Goals for August
So for August, I’m keeping my goals simple.
- keep working on little ones reading
- attend adventure camp
- meet up with other homeschooling families
- clear dads room and get it ready so when funds become available, we can turn it into a study/office
Continue working with the nutritionist. Goals we have set include eating breakfast everyday, eating 3 meals and 2 snacks each day and going for a walk with hubby.
- Complete the Angel Practitioner course
- Attend a meditation teachers course
- order new business cards
- complete daily dose of positivity messages for 365 days
- clear dad’s garden room
- start photographing items for the shop
- write letter to money and check in with it
- get business accounts up to date
- set goals for selling clutter on eBay and Facebook
- go to the cinema with my son when hubby goes back to work