Inspired by Scott, I made a list of 100 goals at the start of 2015. Here was my mindset as I created my list.
- They could be either a concept or a highly specific goal
- Most were business related but I wanted to include personal goals too. Approximately 70% were business specific while 30% were more personal development / home related in nature
- The goals ended up getting grouped into categories (16 total)
- There were four (4) higher-level, overall goals
- It’s OK if I don’t achieve all or any one of the specific goals. I won’t feel bad or punish myself if I don’t achieve some of them. This was directly from Scott’s original idea.
So how did I do? About 2 weeks ago I went through my entire list and labeled each goal using the following:
Here is what each label means.
- Yes – Goal essentially completed
- KS – Kinda/Sorta: goal not specifically completed as stated, but some significant progress was made. Or some significant action was taken. I choose to interpret this as a positive … not quite a ‘Yes’ as in completed …. but not worthy of harshly condemning it a ‘No’ because of specifics. Also, in 3 cases it meant a goal was determined as impossible due to circumstances or not worthy of doing – so it was crossed off the list.
- No – No significant progress or action taken on this goal.
I tried to be kind to myself while grading each goal. After all, goal #72 was: ‘Be Accepting: Accept myself as I am … forgive myself completely for past shortcomings; Accept and forgive others.’ I graded this goal Yes as completed.
There were twelve (12) goals that were a state of mind or concept … rather than a specific, measurable task: Achievement of these goals was strictly my interpretation. I either did it, made progress, or didn’t do it. I gave myself a Yes on nine (9) and a KS on three (3).
Overall, here were my grades for all 100 goals
Combining the Yes and KS means that 67% of my goals for the year were completed or moved forward in a positive way. Not too shabby.
Examining the items I did not complete, there were five categories where the majority of the non-completed goals resided:
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Upon reflection, each of these categories either wasn’t given priority during 2015 or needed some other things to happen prior to that category being acted upon or completed.
The good news is that foundational steps were taken so that these categories could be potentially accomplished in 2016 without the need to accomplish other things first. In other words, they are now much more doable.
These 5 categories account for 67% of my items not completed (22 of 33 No’s).
That means that only 33% of my No’s … or 11 total goals out of 100 were various things I just didn’t do for whatever reason.
Overall, 2015 was a good year.
The reason for this exercise is to understand where I’ve been so I can decide where I want to go in 2016. Stay tuned for Part 2 when I refine my strategy/list of 100 goals for 2016.