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Quarterly Review of Goals – 2013 Q2

When I first (re-)started this blog, I looked at my favorites to see what they did — what tabs did they have, what posts did I like (or not like), etc. This “research first” stems directly from my job, but I just couldn’t help myself. Why reinvent the wheel?

So I borrowed the video timeline idea from Equestrian At Hart, about me from All In and my yearly goals from Viva Carlos. L. Williams also reviews her goals (quarterly) and I thought it would be a good experiment for me to try as well. I have always been goal-oriented (probably why I like to horse show so much), so putting them down on paper and holding myself to them might help me accomplish a few more — or at least that was my original thought. So, let’s see where I’m at!

Riding and Showing Goals

  • Improve at each show
    So far, so good! I’ve really stretched myself and I definitely had a break-through at the June Delaware. Hopefully this trend will continue through the next few shows!
  • Win a chair
  • Show Diamond
  • Lesson Diamond at 2’6″

    These three goals have turned out to be my “pies in the sky.” I really over-estimated how far along I was riding-wise. Vinnie and I will not being winning a chair this year, and I’m hardly even riding Diamond anymore, except for a few flat rides here and there. Honestly, these aren’t really even goals I have for myself anymore. Live and learn!

  • Improve my foundation, with equal weight in my legs at all times
  • Consistently keep my core tight
    I’ve worked really hard on the first of these goals, and I’ve definitely seen improvement. The “at all times” clause might be a bit overzealous, but I still have a few more months before the end of the year. The second goal I’ve not worked on as much, as my focus has turned to the more immediate problem of my two-point over fences.

Vinnie cantering

Personal Goals

    • Stay on budget
      I’ve done well with the budget thus far and all signs point to continued success in this arena. Hooray!
  • Lose 10 lbs
  • Find a diet that works for me
  • Create and stick to a workout plan
    These three goals definitely all go hand in hand, and I’ve not been doing well. I started strong, but recently have fallen off track. I’m going to try to re-focus on the small things, such as eliminating snacking and increasing my mobility, even if that just means a walk.
  • Visit Atlanta
    Ugh, this is the one I’m most disappointed about. I didn’t get my act together quickly enough, so unless Sam can play hookey during the school year for a day or so, our trip to Atlanta might not happen until next year.
  • Work on my communication via email
    I’ve really focused on this at work and have seen noticeable improvement in my ability to get the point across, as well as my tone.
  • Finish Visa’s corner

    Well I did get a few copies of photos made and tracked down the ones from the professional photographer, but I still need to pay for those and get the frame done.

Analysis

Wow. I thought I was doing much better than this list indicates. I’m not so upset about the riding and showing goals that I haven’t accomplished — most of those weren’t realistic (although I didn’t know it at the time). But the personal goals I’ve really slacked on. Time to get my butt in gear!

Tracy

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5 thoughts on “Quarterly Review of Goals – 2013 Q2

  1. That’s a lot of good goal progress! I like your personal goals as well. I need to revamp all of mine I feel like, because this year has been a whirl wind and I only set goals for January – not the whole year.

    1. I like the yearly goals too because it gives me more time to accomplish them! I’m generally not on the ball fast enough to accomplish goals in just one month.

    1. Thanks! I just wanted to be able to cross more off, but I guess some of them are really goals that can’t be truly accomplished until the end of the year.

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