Goal setting

Every year, at the end of the previous year, I review what I wanted to accomplish and then determine if I achieved the goals I set for myself. I used to make resolutions. Not any more. Instead, I set goals.

Last year my goals were to read 54 books, ten of which were non-fiction. Here are the non-fiction titles I read:

  • More-With-Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre
  • The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman
  • Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future by Andrew McAfee
  • Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin
  • Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day by Macrina Wiederkehr
  • The Spy Wore Red by Aline, Countess of Romanones
  • Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World by Meredith Broussard
  • World War 2: Navy Seals: True Stories from the First Navy Seals by Ryan Jenkins
  • Choosing Leadership: A Workbook by Linda Ginzel
  • Reinventing You, With a New Preface: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future by Dorie Clark
  • Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for the 2nd Half of Life by Marc Miller
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  • If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future by Jill Lepore
  • Exam Ref: PL-900 Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals by Craig Zacker

I also set a goal to take ten courses or certifications. Here are the courses I took:

  • System Administration and Infrastructure Services – Google | Coursera
  • Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals – Microsoft
  • Systems Practice – Acumen Academy
  • Information Systems Auditing, Controls, and Assurance – Coursera
  • IT Security: Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts – Google | Coursera
  • Introduction to Google Workspace – Google | Coursera
  • Managing Google Workspace – Google | Coursera
  • Google Workspace Security – Google | Coursera
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate – USF Muma College of Business Corporate Training and Professional Education
  • Google Workspace Mail Management – Google
  • Social Entreprenuership 101 – Acumen Academy
  • Planning your Google Workspace Deployment – Google | Coursera
  • Unconcious Bias – LinkedIn Learning
  • Difficult Conversations: Talking about Race at Work – LinkedIn Learning
  • Driving Change and Anti-Racism – LinkedIn Learning
  • Inclusive Mindset for Committed Allies – LinkedIn Learning

Other goals were more personal. I wanted to finish 12 needlework projects. This one I didn’t accomplish because a car accident in April meant I couldn’t use my right shoulder well for a number of months. I did manage to create four projects, so had been on track. I also wanted to read through all the Psalms and increase my VO2 MAX from abysmal to at least below average.

What goals do I have for next year? For 2022, I want to read at least 55 books, but 12 of them non-fiction. That seems doable as I read 15 non-fiction books last year. I want to take at least 12 courses; also doable as I managed 17 this past year. I plan to read through the Proverbs and then work on a daily devotional with a friend. I also plan on completing 12 art projects (not just needlework projects). For fitness, I’m hoping to reach at least an average VO2 Max by the end of the year. And finally, most important to readers here, I have set a goal to post weekly if not more frequently.

What about you? What goals do you have? Or, do you set resolutions?

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