It seems very surreal that I am reaching the end of the road for my journey this year and that very soon the New Year will start and I will start on a new journey; one with more awareness of the planning process and the ability to put these plans into action. I want to look back from where this journey started and know where I am on that journey before I peek at what I have in store for next year. When I decided to make myself accountable for my goals, I wasn’t prepared for the journey that it was going to take me on, it has been difficult but one I needed to endure!
Reaching The End Of The Road
I might be reaching the end of the road on this journey, but I can’t wait for the journey that I take next year! I have been extremely busy behind the scenes working on my plans and goals, but what I wanted to do was to take you back through the journey, pointing out the highs and the lows along the way.
My journey started in January, I put together a New Year’s resolution post; I didn’t realize the impact that post was going to have, how that one post helped to change me and help me grow.
That first post which helped to change my life: New Year Blogging Resolutions. I can see from reading it through now, how little I knew how to plan. How did I think that I was going to reach my goals with so little planning and thought as to what I was going to do?
I really had no direction as to how I was going to achieve my dreams, yes I had pulled some good figures out of my head but I had nothing to back those thoughts up with, no data to follow or real directions to head in. Looking back now, I can see that this was a disaster waiting to happen.
With my first month under my belt My Journey So Far, I thought I was on the right track, but looking back now, I can see the cracks beginning to form. I can see the struggle that I am heading for and yet when I was facing those moments, I had no clue that what I thought was planning was nowhere near enough good enough for the dreams that I had set just a month earlier.
The next month wasn’t an easy month! I can tell and not just because my goals were starting to crumble but I was fighting a bug that just wouldn’t let go! It feels from looking back that I must have been hoping for some miracle to help me reach my goals, yes I had thought about some lofty goals and that is important! However, unfortunately, I hadn’t put the time in to really work out how I was going to make these goals happen. Yes, I had identified some great ideas, but I was lacking the glue that was going to hold together my goals and reality.
April was the month for realization, I had finally realized that my plans weren’t going to work and I needed to refocus my attention and work out why my journey was not heading in the right direction. It is like looking back and saying ‘at last’ you have seen the error!
The more I re-read April’s article the more I see the potential to grow, but still the plans are not detailed enough, they aren’t going to work either!
Celebrating The Success
The month of May was one of celebration, of celebrating the successes I had achieved instead of looking at the negative. I knew at this point, everything I had put into place just wasn’t going to pull back the month and suddenly reach my goals. However, I decided that the most important thing that month was to celebrate how far I had come, the successes I had achieved. The positives that had come from this journey.
June was my month; it came as the realization that if I got resistance on the path I was traveling the person who would sabotage my journey was me. If something got too difficult, it was easy to change directions, even by a small amount so I didn’t have to face that difficult situation. Traveling on your journey through life, you seldom stop and think about what prevents you from moving forward, and often we like to put the blame on something else or someone else, instead of standing up for our own choices and decisions.
Planning was the focus in July, learning how to plan was not something I thought I needed to learn. I thought I knew how to plan, but when I started looking into planning I quickly realized that I only knew the basics and there was so much I needed to learn.
Planning: The Problems Faced
The problem with planning, there just isn’t one system and I quickly found that sometimes these systems don’t work and you have to find one that meets your needs. I realized finding the right system for me wasn’t going to happen overnight, it was going to take time and commitment to finding the right one and to learn how to use it.
However, using the system, getting the new routines in place become a challenge that isn’t easy to conquer.
Learning to grow, to accept the challenges that running a business poses isn’t always easy and in this journey of goal setting and being accountable for those tasks has been a difficult barrier to cross. I see this coming to the forefront of the problems as I watch this year unfold.
You must look back at what you have achieved, looking at the good and the failures. It is learning from these that I know will take me forward, able to plan better and more in line with my goals and my dreams, however, I hate looking at what has gone and working out what made something so good and what made something else so bad. Therefore, this area is still work in progress!
My final resting point for this year was looking at the person who has changed, grown and developed and ability to actually plan! A journey that I never thought I needed; after all, I have spent my life planning! There have been tears of frustration and anger but most importantly, I have found me; sometimes standing in the way of the path, I need to travel, other times on this sideline cheering myself forward. I am so pleased I took the challenge to create that first article about my goals and resolutions for this year! Without that who knows what this year would have looked like!
Therefore, I am grateful and thankful for this year, it has taught me a lot and I am so glad I chose this journey. However, I am reaching the end of the road with this journey, ready to start afresh in the New Year.
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How have your goals played out?