98. The Year That Was.

As we come to the end of 2020 and reflect on a year that was, to be honest, Shitfull; I’ve decided to reflect on my five goals for 2020 and see what went right and what went wrong.

To refresh my mind; below are the five things I was going to achieve in 2020:

  1. Finish my first Book
  2. Write 100 blog entries
  3. Triple my social media following
  4. Start BJJ
  5. Run a Spartan Race

Now, before we get started with reviewing each of these let’s get the 2020 chestnut out of the way.

Yes, Covid-19 had an impact on me not achieving most of my goals. But it was not the reason I didn’t achieve them.

These are, were, my goals and to say Covid stopped me achieving my goals is both wrong and not the point of this exercise. This will be the last we speak of it, understand.

Goal Number 1 – Finish my first book.

Yep, so straight off the bat I can you this is no where near complete. I had intended at the start of the year to write my first book.

In part I felt I wasn’t reaching my potential and needed to push myself some more.

I also thought that writing a book would be the start of something new for me. Something where I could move away from being part of the inner workings of an organisation and start mentoring and counselling our future leaders.

In all reality, I still plan on writing my book. But it won’t be on this year’s list.

Why?

Because my priorities are different now. When I started this book, I didn’t really know what I was aiming for, hence why it fell over.

Goal Number 2 – Write 100 Blog Entries

While technically complete (I’ve written over 100 blogs this year), the intent wasn’t what I was aiming for.

My blog posts earlier in the year were good enough, but they weren’t frequent enough. There was no intent to my writing. I wrote whenever I felt like it and most of the time I didn’t feel like, which shows in my writing.

Hence, the birth of the 100-blog series. It is what I intended to do, frequent writing and finetuning of my messaging.

As of this blog I sit at 98 blogs in the series, with 3 days to go in 2020. I fully intent to meet that target.

But, as it stands, this is not yet complete and that is completely my doing. I gave myself no choice but to write nearly every day for the remainder of 2020 in order to meet my intended target.

Goal Number 3 – Triple my Social Media following.

There has been mixed success with this goal. Whilst I have seen some growth in my social media following, that growth has fluctuated and is not consistent across all platforms.

This is understandable. Each social media platform attracts a different audience, so the content I create gets differencing responses.

Additionally, I’ve moved away from just one form of messaging and become more of a variety act. The outcome of this is limited growth.

Take Instagram for example. Not only is it very visual based, its growth is more dependent on sticking to one theme or another. I struggle to do this a lot, so my growth is limited as a result.

But this is ok. The aim of tripling my following was to push me to zero in on my messaging and content. And, I feel I’m more in tune with what I want to create now, so it achieved its aim.

Goal Number 4 – Start BJJ.

While the Gyms have been closed for the best part of the year, I still had ample opportunities to start BJJ. The main stumbling block, cost. It isn’t cheap and I haven’t been willing to compromise on anything else to be able to afford it.

Additionally, I’ve been apprehensive about starting it. Its not uncommon for my head to be apprehensive and not choose to do something. This is something I’ll be getting over in 2021, as this will be remaining on my list for next year.

Goal Number 5 – Run a Spartan Race.

Pretty fuckin’ hard to run a spartan race when there isn’t one.

But, the aim of this goal has less to do with the race itself and more to do with being fit enough to run the race.

And if I’m being honest, I’m not fit enough to run the race.

Sure, I’m fitter than I was last year. I’ve lost weight and gained muscle.

However, I haven’t achieved the intent of this goal. Its my own doing, I simply haven’t worked hard enough.

So, this goal will remain for next year.

In the end, I either achieved my goals or not through my own doing.

I know I could have done better, and I know there are things that should be ticked off this list.

I chose to not take things seriously and let many things drop.

This has nothing to do with motivation or reward, this was solely around me not seeing these things as important enough.

I didn’t have a plan, or targets or milestones, nothing was scheduled. This is where it all came undone.

So, in order to do better next year, each goal will be more defined, they will have targets and milestones, they will be trackable and time sensitive.

There will be no half-arsed efforts next year. This is not a promise to you, but a promise to me.

I will not sit down at the end of 2021 and look back poorly on the year that was.

‘til next time….. Cheers!

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