Goal Tracking Struggles

GoalsBefore I actually started this blog, I wanted to learn a bit about blogging. Technically, I’ve been blogging since 2005 but only as a personal outlet. I have never blogged with the intention of connecting with people. One of the things I kept hearing was to pick a perspective to write from. Apparently, they say that there are three perspectives you can write from:

  • The guru- someone who has mastered something and can teach you to master it too
  • The sherpa- someone who has made it up the mountain before and could do it again
  • The struggle- someone who is just sharing their journey

I’m not sure who “they” are but I agree with them. I’m on my way to being a journaling guru, I might be a sherpa when it comes to productivity and self-care but with everything else I’m definitely in the struggle territory. So far, I’ve only written posts about the things I have been doing and trying to share what I’ve learned. I thought it would be a good idea to share things that I struggle with and haven’t even begun to figure out.

I’ve mentioned before that I could be considered a top-down planner who has a problem with the down part. I have goals but can’t seem to reverse engineer them. I have a really hard time figuring out the steps needed to achieve them. I can see the big picture but can’t see the day-to-day so I can’t really track my progress.

The main reason I am unable to figure out the steps to completing  my goals is that I have trouble getting specific. The big picture doesn’t focus on the details. For example, I’m more likely to say “I want to travel to Spain” than to say “I want to visit Barcelona in the fall of 2017 to learn flamenco, see as many concerts as possible and learn to cook traditional Spanish dishes.” You see what I mean? Why I won’t get specific is what I’m struggling to figure out.

But until I do figure it out and start getting specific, I’m a little bit stuck. I can keep working towards my goals but how will I really know when I’ve achieved them or if I need to reevaluate what I’m doing?

So my next task is to sit down, write down all my big picture goals, and then do some visualization and journaling designed to figure out the specifics of those goals.

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