Adjusting the 21 Goals

I know that it is a little late to be doing this, but I am going to make some changes to the 21 goals that I came up with a few months ago. I had distinct reasons for each goal that I set when I first wrote them, and as I have thought them through and begun working through them, I have come to the conclusion that some of them need to be changed. The following contains a list of the goals that are being replaced:

  • I am removing the “Reconnect with an old friend” goal. I made this goal with the intention of delving into my childhood to find a friend that I had grown distant from as we grew older, but I have decided that I do not want that to be a goal for this year. I saw it as a way of pushing myself towards the past instead of embracing the future, and I know that the future is the direction that I should be more focused on than the past. So I am replacing that goal with one to de-clutter my life. I found this fitting because I think that my life has grown cluttered in recent years with possessions and quite a bit of mental clutter. I want to work on getting rid of the things that have overtaken my life, so I can live simpler and in a better head space.
  • I am removing the “Ride a horse” goal. I owned a horse when I was growing up, and I loved riding whenever I could. Because of this, I made this goal to push myself to get back into a pastime that I was passionately involved with for so many years. It would be nice to take up an old hobby, but I believe that there are goals that will do more to help me become a better person. I am replacing this goal with the goal to be more positive. Anyone who truly knows me can attest to the fact that I tend to be quite negative. I never like to think of the best case scenario, and I seem to be in constant preparation for the other shoe to drop. I know that this Debby Downer attitude is not going to do great things for my mental health if it continues throughout the rest of my life. Because I recognize this, I have decided to make this a goal so I can push myself to become a more positive person. I am going to implement practical changes into my everyday life for thirty days and hope that the healthier, positive mindset carries with me past the initial time period.

Ok, so I have listed the goals that I am removing and the ones that I am replacing them with, but there are two goals that I am making changes to:

  • I am changing the “Go without dessert from October 8, 2015 – May 8, 2016” goal to one of gaining control of eating dessert. It has been documented on this blog in quite a bit of detail how I have struggled with an addiction to dessert (it may sound silly, but read “The ‘Happiest’ Binge Eater of All” post that I wrote to understand what I mean) . I have gone a year without dessert in the past, and I wanted to just keep going for another eight months. However, I do not think that a goal like that gives me enough room to explore my willpower and learn true self-control. I am not sure if I will end up going completely without dessert or if I will develop a system that allows me to eat some in moderation, but I do know that it will be a goal that pushes me to make a long-lasting, worthwhile change.
  • I am also changing the “Run a half marathon” goal into running a whole marathon. I made the goal of running a half marathon, and as I looked up a training plan for it, I realized that I would like to just go for the whole marathon instead. I am incredibly excited about this goal, and I have already been training for it for nine weeks. This is going to be a mammoth accomplishment for me, and I cannot wait to begin sharing that part of my journey with you on this blog.

It may seem like all of these changes are me trying to get out of certain goals, but I have made each decision after lots of careful thought. I want to make sure that each goal is making me a better person, and I believe that the goals I have added to the list do a better job of accomplishing that than the ones that are being replaced. Make sure to stay tuned for more frequent updates as I start tackling more goals, and check out the goal list on the right side of the homepage, which shows how many goals I have completed of the 21.

If you have just begun reading my blog, be sure to check out my post titled “Twenty-One Goals as a Twenty-One Year Old” to read about the beginning of my journey to complete goals throughout the year.

4 Replies to “Adjusting the 21 Goals”

  1. I found your blog yesterday (from the Buzzfeed article) and I love your style of writing and your blog. Will be following your blog for more posts and good luck with completing your challenges. As a nearly 21 year old myself I love the idea! Greetings from the UK 🙂


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