Progress Report #3: 50 Goals Project

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It’s only been a short period of time, but already this project has had a very positive effect on my life.  I’m more open and loving with those around me, and as a result, my relationships are stronger than ever.  I’m also happier and more grounded.  Here’s a look at the goals I set and what I’ve achieved so far:

  1. Take a cooking class.
    • I did some research on local cooking classes, but have not signed up for one yet.
  2. Read a classic novel.
  3. Read the biography of someone I admire.
    • I’m halfway through “I Am Malala.”  Technically it’s a memoir (not a biography), but my intent in setting this goal was to learn more about someone I admire.  It’s an incredible story.
  4. Eat more vegetables.
  5. Watch a documentary about something I know little about.
  6. Learn the basics of a foreign language.
    • I’m still practicing Italian for at least 10 minutes most days.  According to Duolingo, I’m 9% fluent!
  7. Volunteer more.
  8. Grow vegetables from seed.
    • I have researched information on how to start, and plan to begin the process next month.
  9. Meditate more frequently.
    • I am meditating more often with the help of some wonderful apps.  I have used Headspace, Calm, and am currently trying Aura.
  10. Take a photography class.
  11. Forgive someone, even if I don’t want to.
  12. Write more thank you notes.
  13. Spend less time on social media.
  14. Spend at least one day a month technology-free.
  15. Try a new form of exercise.
    • Cycling on the stationary bike is now a regular part of my workout routine.  I am currently trying Cyclecast,  an app with cycling classes I can do at my convenience.  I love it so far!
  16. Express gratitude every day.
    • This is a habit that has improved my life in countless ways.  Now that I do this regularly, I am happier and more aware of the many things I have to be grateful for every day.  I have crossed it off because it is now a habit, but I certainly don’t plan to stop.
  17. Give more hugs.
  18. Give myself a compliment every day.
    • This one needs more work, but simply having it on my list has helped me to do it more often.
  19. Give someone else a compliment every day.
  20. Travel somewhere new.
  21. Watch a classic movie I’ve always wanted to see.
    • I watched The Philadelphia Story with Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart.  I have always been a fan of Cary Grant, and this was a movie I hadn’t seen.
  22. Admire a sunrise.
  23. Admire a sunset.
  24. Take a trip to somewhere in my state that I have never been.
  25. Go for a hike and have a picnic.
  26. Call an old friend just to talk.
  27. Get rid of things I no longer need and donate them to someone who does.
  28. Have a “date day” with each of my daughters.
    • I spent Saturday with my youngest daughter, and we had a great time!
  29. Practice mindfulness.
  30. Make a successful sourdough starter.
    • I made my first two loaves of bread this week, and they turned out really well!  I need to experiment with recipes and techniques, but I’m very happy with my first try at this.
  31. Laugh more.
  32. Take time to appreciate the beauty in things.
  33. Eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  34. Publish something new.
    • I am working toward this and using my weekly goal setting to keep me on track.
  35. Research and learn more about my family history.
    • I had lunch with my mom this week and took some time to talk about some of her family history.  I learned quite a bit that I didn’t know before.
  36. Give someone a gift for no reason.
  37. Give a gift anonymously to someone I know is having a hard time.
  38. Take part in an event for a cause that I believe in.
  39. Go to a cultural event to learn about another culture.
  40. Listen more in all of my conversations.
  41. Donate to a cause I believe in.
  42. Tell others what I appreciate about them.
    • My weekly goal is to tell one person each week, and I plan to keep that goal throughout the year.
  43. Take a college course on a subject I’m interested in.
  44. Make a new friend.
  45. Take myself on a date and do anything I want for the day.
  46. Do something that I enjoyed doing as a child.
  47. Have a romantic, candlelight dinner with my husband.
  48. Keep an open mind when I disagree with someone (#40 should help with this!).
  49. Take an art class.
  50. Tell someone “I love you” every day.
    • This goal continues to be a work in progress, but I am expanding it and have been successful at expressing this more often and to more people in my life.

If you would like to start a project like this one or simply make positive changes in your life, here are some tips for success:

  1. Take the time to write out your goals.  Research shows that writing them down increases the liklihood that you will achieve them. [1].
  2. Set smaller goals each week to help you achieve your longer-term vision.  Adjust those goals as necessary to keep moving forward.
  3. Once you’ve written out your goals, post them somewhere you will see them often.  My list sits right by my computer, where I spend much of my day.
  4. Set reminders on your phone for things that you want to accomplish regularly, like exercise or meditation.
  5. Be accountable:  share your goals and talk about your progress with someone.
  6. Have fun!  Set goals that are meaningful to you and enjoy the process.

Like the quote above says, “a goal properly set is halfway reached.”  I can help you set goals that will change your life this year, and provide the support and encouragement you need to move forward with ease.  Please contact me for a free 30-minute goal-setting session!

 

1. http://www.dominican.edu/dominicannews/dominican-research-cited-in-forbes-article

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