What Didn't Work:
1. Setting a goal that was too ambitious to be accomplished in six weeks. My overly ambitious goal was to become an advocate for Dyslexia. A more reasonable goal for the time frame would have been read two books on Dyslexia and prepare a presentation.
2, Setting too many goals. I asked you to set four goals and then found myself unable to limit less than five. Looking back, I think two is a more realistic number. Life interferes in unexpected ways. We get sick, work gets busy, the kids have activities - for most of us two is a good number.
3. Goals that were too vague. Goals need to be specific and measurable. Goals such as better health encompass too much to measure.
4. Getting distracted. As time went by, my goals and actions fell away from the forefront of my mind. I'd have to look back and see what I had set out to do and how I had planned to accomplish it. I need to come up with a method of reminders. I bet there is an app for that! If not, maybe I'll write one.
What Did Work:
1. Six Week Time Limit. That was enough time to create change, and new habits. It was also short enough that it felt manageable right from the start.
2. Weekly Report Cards. Taking a moment to grade myself on the previous week and adjust for the upcoming week helped me stay motivated and moving towards my goals.
3. Examining Past Actions. Looking back at the bad habits that had crept into my life without my realizing it helped me identify behaviors I needed to eliminate from my daily life. Removing bad habits is just as important as adding good habits.
4. Writing. Committing to writing three times a week is the right number for me. I fell into a consistent pattern of writing drafts on the weekends and editing early morning weekdays. The positive feedback has strengthened my resolve that writing is what I should be doing. You responded strongest to the posts that I felt the strongest about. This means I can trust my judgement. If I think I am on to something good, I probably am. It's been a huge confidence booster and I thank all of you who took the time to comment.
This is not the end, but just the time to rethink. I'll keep writing. I'll keep evolving. Hope you're not bored of me yet!