Each year I’ve blogged, I’ve set out yearly goals. At first I did quarterly reviews, but last year I completely fell off the bandwagon and didn’t do any goal reviews at all. My process for setting and evaluating goals is a very personal one that tends to change from year to year — while I love goals and I think writing them down helps me stay motivated and focused, I’ve also learned that the best way to make God laugh is to tell him your plans.
It’s halfway through February, and while I typically like to set goals much earlier in the year, I struggled with a list of what I wanted to accomplish this year. In part, I think it’s because last year was such a roller coaster both in terms of my equestrian life and the rest of my life. The other issue I faced was putting into words what I really wanted this year to look like. Ever since I bought Miles, I’ve had big goals I wanted to cross off my list. But now I find myself in the (wonderfully!) unique position of having accomplished them all. So where do I go from here?
In the past, I’ve done a quarterly review of my goals, but with all the (many) ups and downs of this year, I didn’t. Sometimes it was too painful to see just how far away I was from where I wanted to be, other times riding fell pretty far by the wayside as life got in the way. Nevertheless, I really like to do goal reviews to remind myself of what I have accomplished, and where I still want to go.
The last step in my year-end review is a final analysis of my goals. This year I worked hard to make realistic goals that would challenge me, yet still be attainable. I also added some new categories, including a bucket list and tack wishlist. Overall, I’m really, really pleased with how this worked out. I liked separating my riding goals from my showing aspirations because with horses, you just never know what’s going to happen and I hate feeling like I failed. And truly, this list is meant to set me up for success. Each goal led in a sort of step-ladder to the next and really helped me stick to a plan to improve. For me, the process isn’t complete by just writing down my goals; I also need to hold myself accountable but at the same time not get overwhelmed with all the things I have to do. So in addition to publishing my goals, I also reviewed them quarterly. I’ve found that four times a year is my “sweet spot,” which allows me to keep my goals in sight, but not feel like I have so much to do.
I’ve been looking forward to this goal review for a few weeks now. The perfectionist in me knows I’ve accomplished a lot and that there will be quite a few goals crossed off my list since my 2014 Q2 review, which is pretty exciting! So without further ado, here’s the update: Read More