Happy first day of September! Hooray for a new month!I'll be honest, some of my new-month-enthusiasm is a tad dispirited by the fact that I did not complete all of the August goals I set for myself. The truth with goals is that I love to make them, but I REALLY struggle with follow through. I love to romanticize all the things I could do in a month, but when it comes to the work to accomplish those things, I fall short and get super lazy. I joke with Jake all the time, telling him in a whining voice, "I'm not a hard worker."
And I hope I'm not alone in this goal-setting area. I get that there are all kinds of people out there in the world, so some people are naturally better or worse in this area. I used to think that I'd just never be disciplined, so I might as well accept my life that way, thinking some people were born with that gene, and others were not. I thought there was little hope for me to change.
But in the last year or so, I've really been working on the discipline category, choosing to see it more as a muscle than as a genetic disposition. It's a muscle I'm choosing to strengthen, which is why I keep setting goals and seeking to follow through with them EVEN when I don't always complete it. I've seen growth in my life, slowly but surely, though not every step I take is a step forward. Still, I'm pressing on and therefore I'm sharing my goal recap, even though I can't really check off most boxes.
So here were my goals -
- Complete 3 Books: I only completed one!!! It took the first half of the month to get halfway through The Lonely City when I stopped, because it was so research heavy on all these artists I didn't know much about. I wanted more of the author's personal story. Then I struggled to find another book I liked. I checked out a few from the library, but nothing stuck. Finally I read The Glass Castle, which was AMAZING. Then I picked up The Nightingale and I am 250 pages into it and LOVING it. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good story, especially those of us who loved All the Light We Cannot See, since this book is also taking place in France during the German occupation (which I feel like I'm learning more and more about).So almost two completed books... I'm getting there.
- Write 5 Blog Posts: Only completed 4.... I have 2 others written that I totally could have posted, but I never got around to editing them. I don't always edit my posts. Sometimes, like today, i just sit down, write and post within the hour. But for heartier things, I try to force myself to edit.
- Workout 10 Times: Again, incomplete. It's funny that this number seemed so small to me when I set it, and I only ended up working out 8 times! Still, that's more than I exercised in July and I feel like I'm building up the habit again.
- Write 3 Letters: COMPLETE! Hallelujah I did something.
- No Solo TV: ALMOST..... I watched about 30 mins of The Bachelorette finale because I hadn't seen it. And then one day I was feeling really down and unmotivated and wanted to quit everything and watch TV forever. So I compromised and allowed myself to put on Gilmore Girls but ONLY while I worked. So I did the dishes and cleaned my messy house with Rory and Lorelai bantering in the background. Not too bad, right? I think I still completed my motivation here to not just put TV on blindly and veg out until Jake got home.
- Pray Every Day: Definitely did not have "real" prayer every day, but I did see a significant increase in my prayer times and a change of heart toward prayer. Improvement. Baby steps. Though I still forget to do this some days.
- Wake Up at a Consistent Hour: I still pressed snooze many mornings this month... However, setting this intention was really good for me because I did get closer to a morning routine.
Even though I did not complete each of these areas, I'm still glad I set the goals because it brought a lot of intentionality to my days. For September, I am literally copying all the same goals - except maybe not read 3 books. I think I'll try to complete just two this time.
Maybe setting goals isn't about the thing itself, like it doesn't matter that I actually wake up at 7 am, but it's more about becoming a person who actually does what they say they are going to do. I'm not there yet, but I'm sure working on it.
Did you complete your August goals? Do you get frustrated when you don't finish things? How do you make yourself stay motivated? Have you set any goal for September? I'd love love love to hear your thoughts :)