Goals are usually easier to achieve when they are SMART; you know, specific, measurable, actionable… all those things that make a clear distinction between achieving the goal and not quite making it. Despite those being some of the best kinds of goals, the last 6 of my “18 in 2018” goals are actually… not SMART. They are goals for my mindset. While I will certainly keep trying to write about them in my Best Self Journal, they don’t break down neatly into tasks and targets.
Instead, mindset goals are more about the person I want to be, regardless of the challenges that face me in 2018. I cannot narrow it down to just a few traits, but the ones I feel I can use the most improvement are these:
Quick at Recovering: I have a tendency to dwell on my failures and poor behavior, and I want to get better at bouncing back quickly.
Proactive: When I see something that needs doing, I want to just leap into action rather than waiting for someone else to get things done.
Good Listener: Too often I fear I am thinking about my own problems and issues when I should be paying attention to friends and family. I want to listen better.
Uni-tasking: I want to get better at focusing on a task rather than having to be exercising/planning/journaling/cooking/cleaning all at the same time. This also includes becoming less dependent on my cell phone.
Bravery: I’ve talked about this before, but I’m a pretty timid person when it comes to risks, and when the risk warrants it, I want to push past that fear and get to what is on the other side.
Dancier: I don’t know how this made it into this list, but I don’t want to get rid of it. I don’t dance enough. I want to dance when I’m cooking dinner, and I want to take a Zumba dance class at the gym, and I want to go out swing dancing or salsa dancing or something. This only counts as a mindset because I usually don’t dance because most adults just don’t make space for dancing; I don’t want to think that way. I want to make it happen, even if I look completely goofy doing it.