My 2011 goals update results are a little mixed! As 2011 ends, I am thinking about what I want to accomplish in the new year. Reflecting on my accomplishments of 2011 will help me decide what I want to set as goals in 2012. Simply setting a goal or making a resolution is not enough. Many people do that every new year and never follow through, that is why so many resolutions are broken.
My goals for 2011 were the following:
- Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs – My goal was to be part of the WiseBread Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs. My Open Site Explorer (OSE) Analysis – As of [1/1], and results as of 12/26 are: Page Authority  52, Domain Authority  43, Total Links  9720 and Linking Root  202. Alexa Ranking [610,773] 99,356, U.S. [48,128] 25,528 and Sites Linking  294. MozRank  5.13 and Page Rank  4. Although I made major strides in the numbers I only achieved the top 200 (193 currently). For those who are interested, here are my quarterly updates (3/30/11, 7/1/11, 10/2/11).
- Increase workouts – Increase workouts from two (2) times a week to three (3) times a week. I increased my workouts to four (4) times a week which exceeded my goal. During the summer, I increased my workouts to six (6) times a week. When I school started in September, I started a new assignment. Things changed dramatically and I changed my routine to accommodate the change. I realized very quickly that I was walking around the classroom much more . In fact, I was walking for five (5) hours a day. I changed my workout to include stretching, weight lifting and pushups (60-100 per night) seven (7) nights a week.
- Be more patient – In the past, I used my impatience to drive myself to reach goals faster and better. I set up a journal and every time I lost my patience I recorded what or why I lost my patience. The simple act of writing down the triggers made me more aware of my actions. This gave me the opportunity to work on the problem. I certainly have become more patient, but it is a work in progress! I am still working on it.
- Volunteering – I wanted to volunteer two (2) hours a week. 2011 was a difficult year for me because on March 15th I received a reduction in force notice! In other words, my normally very secure career as a teacher was no longer secure. At 64 years old, you do not want to have to look for a job! I was out of the business world for nearly ten (10) years and there were no teaching positions. Definitely not a good situation. Two (2) months later it was rescinded, but I no longer had a position at my school. I shifted into interview mode for every opening and landed a good one in July. I am still adapting, changing and learning and will come out stronger soon. This is a long winded explanation why I did not accomplish this goal. It is very hard to think about doing something extra when your career is up in the air. I will reconsider this goal for 2012.
If I were grading my performance, I am not sure what I would give me. Did I attempt to accomplish too much in reaching for the WiseBread 100? Perhaps, but I always reach for the impossible! I am starting to understand my mistakes and what I should do to be more successful next time. Learning from my mistakes is more important than the mistakes. Stay tuned and check back next week to find out what my 2012 goals will be. There it is my 2011 goals update.
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