At the start of this year (2012), I shared with you my aims for this year (in Welcome to 2012). These were not my new year resolutions, but what I hoped to achieve this year as far as some lifestyle changes were concerned and some changes in my spiritual relationship with God.
At the end of each month since then I’ve given you an update on how I’m getting on with my aims. So now we’re on the last day of 2012, here’s my last update for this year, which will give you my honest opinions on whether I achieved, or failed, to reach my goals for this year…
- Eat healthier
- Over all, I would definitely say I have succeeded with this aim as I have definitely been eating much healthier when I’ve been at work, and have done ok when at home.
- Yes there’s still room for improvement, as I have given in to my desire for chocolate on a few occasions.
- Done ok with this ones I’m managing to continue to eat reasonably healthily while I’ve been at work, and not too bad when at home.
- Lose some weight
- Well I had my last weigh-in earlier today, and the news is that over the course of this year I’ve managed to lose 10 lbs.
- I’m delighted with that as I have definitely not been on a diet, but have just been trying to eat a bit healthier and get a bit more active.
- Hopefully if I continue doing the same things next year I’ll manage to lose a few more pounds.
- Spend more time reading my bible
- Some months this year I managed to spend a lot more time reading my bible than I had previously, however there were still a number of occasions when I didn’t even open my bible.
- Overall though I’d say I’ve managed to spend more time reading my bible this year than last, though there’s definitely still plenty of room for improvement.
- Don’t let pain rule my life
- As many of you will know, I’ve had some health issues for a few years now, which I had hoped would have been resolved by 2 major operations. Unfortunately, despite the doctors being happy with the success of these operations, I have still been experiencing severe pain of the same nature I was getting prior to the initial diagnosis.
- Therefore it has been an on-going struggle again this year to cope with my pain levels. Having said that though, due to all the other situations I’ve had to deal with this year, I’ve often just had to get on with things no matter how severe my pain has been.
- On the whole I don’t think I’ve actually given in to my pain completely any more than maybe a 3 or 4 times this year, which looking back now, I find quite incredible.
- Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
- I have failed miserably at this one!
- There were a few times during the year when I was all set to go to the tennis club at the weekend when my friends would be there, but typically the Scottish weather put an end to those plans, and on following weeks other things would happen or we had other plans, so it just never happened.
- Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
- As with my aim to spend more time reading my bible, over the year, this has been a bit up and down – Some months I spent more than 5 minutes each day with God, others none at all.
- Also depending on what’s been going on in my life at the time, and how I’ve been coping, some of these times with God have not exactly been quiet ones, as I’ve spent much of the time crying! They may not have been “quiet” times with God, but they were at least “times” with God where even although I couldn’t vocalise my prayers, I know God still knew what was in my heart.
- Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
- I’ve failed at this one!
- However I did get a brand new keyboard for my Christmas, therefore I will definitely make progress with in the coming weeks.
- Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
- Due to on-going health issues/concerns with various family members, this has not been possible.
- Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
- I’ve said it before during some of my monthly updates, but I really do hate doing housework, and ironing is definitely my least favourite chore.
- It’s should therefore be no surprise that I have failed miserably with this.
- More patience and understanding of others
- To me, I have managed to be a little bit more patient with other…though you may disagree!
- I do find this incredibly difficult, particularly with certain people (who shall remain anonymous)
- I continue to pray for patience daily.
- Stop procrastinating
- I’d say I’ve been successful with this aim, as I feel that, on the whole, I’ve managed to just get on with things.
So that’s my honest answers to how I got on this year with the aims/goals I set myself at the start of the 2012. Looking back now, I think my aims/goals have probably been too ambitious and too vague, as if I’m honest, there was probably no way I was ever going to achieve all these goals in one year. I also think my judgement on how successful I’ve been has been very subjective, so I should probably have made my goals more measurable. i.e. by measuring actual status at the start of the year and comparing with actual measurements at the end of the year.
In conclusion, I’m reasonably happy with what I’ve achieved this year. While I may not have been able to say I fully achieved very many of my goals I have made progress with a number of them which I’m definitely happy about.
How about you, how did you get on with your aims for 2012?
Whatever your aims were for this year, and regardless of whether you achieve any or all of them, I pray you managed to make progress, and that you have at least achieved all God had planned for you this year!