How Are My 2012 Goals Progressing?

I thought it might be interesting to take a moment and review the goals I set for myself in 2012 and how they’re coming along. A regular review of one’s goals is a key part in making progress on them.

Get Fit the Right Way
I’ve had decent success with this, though not overwhelming success.

My goal for 2012 was to lose 52 pounds at a steady average of one pound per week. After twelve weeks, I’m down 8.4 pounds, which is certainly positive progress. Almost all of this has been due to diet, mostly through portion control. The food I eat is mostly pretty healthy – I’m a vegetarian, Sarah is about 90% of the way there, and we make most of our meals at home. My challenge is simply managing portions so I don’t consume too many calories, even if they’re good calories.

My biggest drawback has been lack of exercise due to a couple of factors: the winter weather keeping me inside and a nagging knee injury. As the weather has warmed, I’ve been spending more and more time outside, and I’m down two pounds over the last week.

Finish a Novel and Write Another One
I’ve perhaps had the strongest success with this goal. We’re not even three months into the year and I have one novel about 70% finished (first draft), another about 30% finished (again, first draft), and I’ve also been working on a frugality book that was requested by a publisher.

I enjoy writing. It’s something I love doing. I feel fulfilled when I’m putting words down on the printed page. I knew this would be my easiest goal for the year.

Perform 200 Hours of Community Service
So far, I’ve clocked around fifteen hours, which is a bit below pace.

However, many of the service activities I plan to be involved in are tied to the seasons. As spring gets going, I have two different projects I’m planning on involving myself with, with another being considered for the summer.

My biggest reason for planning this goal was that my community is important to me and, if I have the time and ability, I’d like to contribute towards keeping it a vibrant and beautiful place.

I think this goal will see success – or very close to it.

Create a Lasting Item for my Children and my Wife
This is, without a doubt, the most challenging of my goals for the year. I am having an incredibly difficult time moving forward with this.

I have many ideas about what I want to do, but whenever I’m faced with actually moving forward with it, I feel gloomy. I know the reason for it is to provide solace for those around me at a time when I would be unable to do it, but I can’t help but find myself dwelling on that situation and I’m filled with a bit of melancholy.

Lately, I have found a bit of success by just keeping the journals nearby and writing a few sentences in them a few times a day. I hope that this method will enable me to complete something of value with regards to this project this year.

Goals need reviews. They need to be tended and watched, whether they’re personal finance goals or other goals in life. Without attention, it’s easy to find the dreams you have for yourself withering on the vine.

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