I can’t believe that this year has gone by so fast! Where did the time go, it just feels like it was just a couple of months ago when I decided to share my journey with you as I worked towards my goals and my dreams. I can’t quite believe that I am already making plans for next year! A journey like no other I have taken. It has been one of tears, of heartache and of learning and joy. To say it has been a year of learning about me would be an understatement, but it’s one journey that I needed to travel to enable me to grow.
The Beginning Of My Journey
You can read my start of my journey here: I set out my goals, my dreams, and desires, I thought I had planned the process as to how to achieve these goals. I thought I had produced a detailed plan that would see me through the year sailing through all those desires, after all, I had planned my journey, or so I thought. What truly happened was that I quickly realized that not only did I not produce a plan that would enable me to reach my goals and my dreams; I also didn’t really know how to plan these at all!
For someone who has spent all their life being addicted to planning and planners, I didn’t truly understand how to actually create a plan that would allow me to reach my dreams.
Therefore, for those first few months, I kept thinking something magical would happen, after all I had a plan; unfortunately, the plan wasn’t detailed enough and I wasn’t actually making any progress.
When this happens there is a choice of two paths, you can continue down that path that thinks that something is going to save you and allow you to achieve your goals without putting in the work involved, or you can realize your error and start to put this process right! Luckily, I chose the path that demanded I change; what a rollercoaster of a ride that was!
A Change In Direction Of My Journey
What I realized was that I didn’t know how to plan, whilst my goals were and still are very important. I needed to take a step back. I needed to learn how to plan so I was successful in my goals; it might mean that my goals wouldn’t be reached this year. But this was a chance that I needed to take, I needed to learn different skills that would in the future enable me to do more than I ever dreamed of, that could put me in the driving seat of my life and allow me to head in that direction I eventually wanted.
I needed to learn not only how to plan but how to put these plans into action so that I could follow them and my dreams.
I’ve been obsessed with planners for as long as I could remember, but I have never really talked about this obsession to others, I thought I was alone is this world. However, I decided that there is information out there as to how to plan; there can’t just be planners, there are systems, too.
Therefore, I started my research, I wanted to understand the principles behind planning so that I could use these techniques in my world and plan accordingly.
I have studied hard, I wanted to find that advice that would take me to the next level; what I found was basic and all very similar, it just talked me through their ideas on planning, some went a bit further and mentioned the need to break tasks down into smaller manageable goals. But there was nothing that really took me to the next level.
I didn’t want a paragraph of writing on how to break down these goals, how to identify even if these goals were obtainable but a lot of the time this is all I got!
I studied different systems of planning, a couple I looked at were online options, others were paper based where you used monthly, weekly and daily planning pages to plan. Unfortunately, I just felt there wasn’t the information in these that could bring me to my next level, to answer my questions in a way that I understood or ways that could help me develop my goals any better.
Learning About Me
In this process I learned a lot about me, I wanted these goals but the closer I came to understanding how to get them and to move forward in the direction that I needed to go, I kept finding that there was one person that kept blocking my progress and that person was me!
I would see a progress made and I would fight myself with the change I knew I needed to do, it was as if I didn’t want myself to succeed in my dreams and goals.
I know this stems from a lack of confidence in my own ability and I have fought this repeatedly over the years, the fear of me actually achieving my dreams seemed unreal and yet the only thing that stood in my way was fear, the fear of the unknown, of doing things that are outside my comfort zone.
I’m pleased that this fight has happened; it has allowed me to see what I was doing to my own chances of success! It opened my eyes to how I allow myself to fail, those feelings that I am not good enough and that I can’t succeed. I am still chasing those demons; I am not letting them take control this time!
Therefore, whilst I might not have conquered all my goals this year that I had thought I had planned to tackle, what I did gain was probably worth even more than I could imagine. I have learned how to plan, this is so important! So, with that in mind, I have detailed plans for next year, they have taken me weeks, there is still some work to do. However, when I put them into place you will see the results each month as I go over my targets and my dreams and head in the direction, of finally knowing how to achieve the goals that I set for myself for the future on my journey.
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Have you started setting your goals for next year?