I set out to write this blog post about what I hope to accomplish by the time I’m 40 (currently 9 years away for me).
But when I sat with the blank word processing screen in front of me with the title “What I Want to Accomplish by 40” screaming at me from the top of the page, I started to panic.
What do I want to accomplish by 40? What do I want to accomplish by 35? What do I want to accomplish by 32? Geez, what do I hope to accomplish by the end of the day today?!
That’s when I realized that I’ve never really been a goal-setter. And I don’t like that fact about myself. I can remember a few times throughout my life where I’ve been told I have to set goals for myself (like in careers class in High School, or during a year-end review at work), but for myself personally, I’ve never set any real goals with reasonable time frames and that I have a reasonable shot at achieving.
Sure it would be nice to lose 50 or 60 pounds, work out everyday, eat my eight servings of fruits and vegetables every day along with my eight glasses of water. But are these really achievable? Probably for some, yes. But for me, I don’t currently have the motivation to lose weight or work out every day, nor do I really care how many servings of fruit or veggies I eat in a day.
That’s when I realized that goal-setting is a very personal process. You can’t force someone else to set a goal, because they will likely never achieve it.
You have to want the achievement and the accomplishment yourself. You have to want to make the necessary changes to yourself and your life to achieve what you want to achieve.
It’s really a very personal process, but when I am ready to set these goals for myself, I want to share them with someone – anyone! – as I feel that that would add to the accountability of sticking to my guns. So stay tuned, I will be sharing my goals on here in a future post!