It’s October And I’m Still Trying To Figure Out My 2018 Goals

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Is it bad that I haven’t accomplished all of my 2018 goals yet?

I’m a goal-oriented person.

I need something to work toward otherwise I just don’t care.

This is best illustrated through my running. If I’m just running for whatever, then I won’t do it. I hate running.

But if I’m training for a marathon and on a strict training schedule, I’ll get up at 5 am and hit the pavement because I want to do my best (and beat other people).

Maybe that has more to do with me being competitive…

But still, the marathon, my goal, is a motivator. It helps me get up and get going when I otherwise would have no drive.

When 2018 started and I set my goals, I was in a very different place. I was unemployed, recently graduated, looking for a job and what I was going to do with my life.

I set a broad range of goals to help me explore parts of my passion and build my skills. A lot of that was relevant to what I wanted to do then but isn’t reflected in what I do now.

Most of my goals I haven’t accomplished.

Really the only one I did accomplish is running another marathon.

But I’m okay with that. I think those goals were more a product of where I was and not an indication of where I was going.

As I think about my goals and what I want to accomplish this next year, I think I want to keep more of that in mind. 

I want to imagine where I’ll be at the end of the next year and track the steps back to where I am, so I can create a roadmap of success for myself rather than a standard for success or failure.