Have you created your goals in life for 2018?

Maybe it’s a New Year’s Resolution.

Maybe It’s a vision board.

Maybe it’s just ideas and thoughts about what you want to accomplish.

I’ve tried all of these and as much as I dislike poo-pooing other people’s ideas, all I’ll say is that none of these work for me.

I forget about NY Resolutions.

I stop looking at vision boards like a good view. After the first few times, it becomes same old to me.

And of course ideas and thoughts of what I want to accomplish changes so much that I forget what I wanted in the first place.

There has been one thing that’s worked for me without a lot of work.

This is picking a date in the future and writing about what my life looks like.

For me, one year from now is too far away.

So I pick 6 months.

And divide it into sections that are important to me.

I wrote this down today for the next 6 months.

AUGUST 1 2018

It’s August 1st 2018 and this is what my life looks like

GYM
I am continuing to go to gym 3-5 times a week. I am enjoying gym and continuing to push myself incrementally as my body will allow. My body is at a good size that I can wear whatever I like and not have to think about whether it looks good. Gym has firmly become my coping mechanism so I go there to avoid getting stressed and to have time to myself.

FOOD
I am continuing to avoid desserts and refined sugar at all cost. I am an addict and I have not forgotten that. I eat glutinous carbs for a meal only sparingly – if I’m at an event or if there’s something I’m reallyyy craving. But it’s only one meal and it’s only when I feel absolutely deprived, which is rarely. Having said this, I’m enjoying healthy food more and often crave this more than bad food. The vitamins I’m continuing to take everyday are really helping with the cravings and generally feeling good.

WORK
I have spent the last few months learning about product development and getting into inventing. In a month’s time, the prototype and video will be complete and I will be ready to kickstarter the project and get into manufacturing. The anxiety and apprehension I feel about getting into a completely new industry is mostly gone as I have learnt as much as I possibly can.

HOME
Damien and I have settled well into the Gold Coast and have made some great friends. We play Werewolf and other board games regularly. We are also spending our weekends going to open houses and seeing if we want to buy a home by the end of 2018.

RELATIONSHIP
Damien and my relationship continues to be stable without the rollercoaster and we are ready to make a stable home soon. We don’t spend any time worrying about one another and largely spend our days focused on work and creating non-lumpy stable income. We spend evenings together having dinner and hanging out before it’s back to work time for me.

FRIENDS
I now spend a lot more time nurturing old relationships via Skype. I have loved connecting with friends/family all over the world and it makes me feel less lonely. Some friends/family have also visited and lived with us here which has been fun and exciting.

WRITING
I am continuing to aim to write daily. I have created a good following of friends that read my stuff and I’m happy about that. This has become my release and a way that I can continue to connect with those far away from me.

APPRECIATION
Today and every day in the last 6 months, I think about one thing I’m grateful for and write it down. This has allowed me to focus on the moment and remember the things in my life that are good, not on things I am yet to accomplish. This has allowed me to appreciate my life in ways I forget to.

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My Goals In Life (as you can tell) is crude and written just for me

It doesn’t take long to do and gives me a full overview of the important things in my life.

I read this aloud to myself every morning.

It’s worked for me in the past, as long as I’ve done this.

We’ll see how it goes this time.

If you want, join me with your own list of future events.

Let’s see how quickly we can make change happen.

I’m curious…


UPDATE 30 MARCH 2018 – 2 months in

I’ve been doing this for 2 months now and I’d like to update. No point having goals that make no sense now.

I need to update on what’s happening and at the end, I will change my goals for August 1 2018 to read out loud everyday.

GYM

Gym is still going well 3-5 time a week. Gym has firmly become my coping mechanism and I’m incorporating yoga into my practice to become more limber and have time to myself.

FOOD

I still avoid desserts and refined sugar religiously. I eat gluten rarely if my body is craving or if I’m feeling super deprived. I still enjoy eating more vegetables and healthy food now and love that I generally eat very healthy. I have not forgotten that the vitamins I take everyday are helping with cravings, mood stabilisation and general motivation so I must remember to take these daily.

WORK

Product manufacturing has proven to be difficult with the ideas I have. My lawyer made it clear I couldn’t patent a lot of my ideas and without protection, I’ll need to work harder to make more money, especially if my products do well and I have competition.

I was initially disappointed but I’ve now moved to helping businesses scale and dominate their market. I have used a lot of my skill-sets that have been perfect for this. By August, I have worked with 4 businesses in my target market and we’re on our way to hiring staff and making serious decisions moving forward.

HOME

I’ve started settling into Gold Coast and like this area a lot so far. However, I haven’t made any new friends yet and expect to go to one event a week. We are also looking at the buying market here and seeing if it makes sense to buy in a few months.

RELATIONSHIP

Damien and I are still stable without much drama. We focus a lot on our businesses and could afford to spend more time with each other connecting romantically, as we tend to fall so easily into business conversations. I have been here for 2 weeks and am just now getting into a groove with work.

FRIENDS

I’ve spent a lot of time connecting with friends via Skype and have made myself more available to do so. This has been one of the biggest ways I haven’t felt so isolated thus far. I’ve also had my sister, cousin and best friend visit me on my birthday which was awesome. I hope this happens more often now that I’m only an hour flight away from Sydney.

WRITING

My writing has been sporadic at best, especially in the last month as I’ve been moving around a lot. I’m going to change my commitment to my writing as my focus in now on building another business. Sure, this will still be my outlet and a way to connect but I need to stop feeling behind everyday because I don’t write.

APPRECIATION

Practicing appreciation didn’t help me much. I feel like I actively appreciate already that this exercise was largely a waste of time. I’ve realised that instead, I’d like to spend an hour switching off my wifi and get out of the house somewhere. Spend some quality time with myself. I think this will help me let go of keeping myself busy and focus on what’s important.

 

It’s August 1 2018 and this is what my life looks like:

Gym is still going well as I go 3-5 time a week. Gym has firmly become my coping mechanism and I’ve even incorporated yoga into my practice to become more limber and contemplative.

I still avoid desserts and refined sugar religiously. I eat gluten rarely if my body is craving or if I’m feeling super deprived. I still enjoy eating more vegetables and healthy food now and love that I generally eat very healthy. I have not forgotten that the vitamins I take everyday are helping with cravings, mood stabilisation and general motivation so I must take these daily which I still do.

I’ve now established the company that helps businesses scale and dominate their market. I have utilised a lot of my network to generate profits quickly. By now I have worked with 4 businesses in my target market of over 100K revenue and we’re on our way to hiring staff and making serious decisions moving forward.

Damien and I have settled well into the Gold Coast and have made some great friends. We play Werewolf and other board games regularly. We are also spending our weekends going to open houses and seeing if we want to buy a home by the end of 2018.

Damien and I are still stable without much drama. We focus a lot on our businesses but take time out to connect romantically.

I still spend a lot of time connecting with old friends via Skype and have made myself more available to do so. I’ve also had more people visit me in the Gold Coast and I have gone to Sydney sometimes when I’ve felt lonely.

My writing is still my outlet and a way for me to connect to people I care about. I have aimed to write whenever I feel the inspiration and have done so weekly at the least.

I spend an hour everyday switching off my wifi and get out of the house somewhere. I have spent some quality time with myself and this has helped me focus on what’s important and give myself time for new ideas.

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