At the end of last year, I shared some of the goals I had set for myself for this coming year. Then, at the beginning of the year, I gave some tips for improving success in reaching those goals. Now that we are 3 months into the new year, I wanted to do a little check up on how those goals are going for me. Maybe it will help you reflect on your own goals as well.
Goal: Be more charitable
Progress: This goal isn't as easy to show progress on. I feel like I've had situations or even days where I'm able to view people with more love and charity. But I also know there are times when charity hasn't been a part of my reaction to someone or something.
Room for Improvement: In my original post, I shared a quote that inspired me to make this a more consistent part of my life. The very end says, "Charity is expecting the best of each other." To improve on this goal, I need to remember this overarching statement and not get too caught up in specifics. If you are expecting the best of someone, your perspective will change too.
Goal: Exercise regularly
Progress: Starting in the fall of last year, I started going to a weekly dance class. I've continued going to this class on a weekly basis, but haven't increased my exercise.
Room for Improvement: So technically, I am exercising regularly, but I feel like I could increase my exercise to at least a couple of times a week. This should be a little easier to do now that the weather is improving and I can go on more walks with my kids around the neighborhood.
Progress: I don't feel much progress has been made on this goal. I do get one-on-one time with each member of my family, but it's usually doing things that have to be done, such as reading lessons with my daughter, running errands with my son or folding laundry with my husband. They aren't things that necessarily build our relationship.
Room for Improvement: When I originally made this goal, it was with the intent to set up specific activities with each person that would help us grow closer. I think in order to make this work better, I need to plan out a time each week to do something with each person, even if it's just painting fingernails and toenails with my daughter.
Goal: Keep up on my personal journal writing
Progress: I didn't start working on this goal until recently. I've been trying to be realistic about how often I can actually write in my journal. I found a cute, new journal and set it next to my bed so that I can write a summary of how the day went.
Room for Improvement: I started out strong, but have slowly tapered off. I think to make this work better, I will need to create an evening routine that allows enough time to reflect on the day and write about it.
Goal: Tell family and friends that I love and appreciate them more often
Progress: This is another hard one to qualify, but I think it's safe to say that there is always room for improvement in this area.
Room for Improvement: In order to incorporate this more into my life and way of being, I need to be specific about what I love and appreciate about a person. I can tell my daughter thank you for putting away her clothes without being asked. I can tell my son that I love when he shares his toys. I can tell my husband thank you for doing the dishes every night.
Goal: Choose happiness
Progress: Due to some difficult things I've been dealing with over the last few months, this particular goal has been a real challenge for me. I've had some very sad days. The kind of days that finding the desire to be happy can only be reached with real effort.
Room for Improvement: Because of some of the things I've been facing, I almost feel afraid to be too happy sometimes. However, I am going to renew my goal to choose happiness because there is always something good to be seen.
How are you doing on your new years resolutions?