I like learning about Genghis Kahn and the Mongols, but this might not have been the best time for it.
Twelve books in twelve months; that was one of my goals. For some people this is laughable because they read and finish so many books, but that’s not me. I like to read and am often talking to clients about the books they are reading. They motivate me to want to read more. This seemed like a worthwhile challenge.
So, 2019 began and the goal of 12 books in 12 months was set. Not only was I going to pursue this, but my first book was one that I have had for years but never finished. Hmmm.
Fast forward to the present day and I have not read my 12 books. As a matter of fact, I have not finished that first book. What’s the point of sharing my seemingly epic New Year’s Resolution fail? It’s that our New Year’s resolutions, however grand or small, don’t define whether we’ve had a successful year. My story also points out that our goals or resolutions should be well thought out, planned, practical, purposeful and fluid.
Perhaps I should have started with an easier read. I find Genghis Kahn’s story fascinating, and the influence that he had on the world astounding, but you can really get bogged down with some of the in-depth details presented in some books. This was not a light read and was not good planning on my part, and it may have sabotaged my resolution from the start.
Throughout the year I did find myself reading a lot. I read lots of health and fitness articles, materials, and blogs. I have a desire to read more to further my knowledge, keep up with the current findings and better serve my clients. These things were not factored into my 12 in 12 resolution, thus my aim changed a bit throughout the year, and I feel okay with how it morphed.
So, as you’re coming up with your resolutions and goals for this year, be purposeful. Put some thought into it but be willing to adjust your aim as the year goes on. This list doesn’t have to define your year and hopefully you’ll do a better job than I did and avoid your Genghis Kahn biographies.