I'll be the first to admit that setting goals is one of my favorite and least favorite things to do. Setting the goals is liberating and fulfilling, but the moment I slack or miss a day, I feel depressed and feel like I've let myself down. I've gotten into that habit of setting the goals (which is great), and then never following through on them (which is not so great). Sounds pretty familiar doesn't it. I think we all verbally commit to goals like "I'm going to get in shape this year" or "I'm going to drink more water" and in reality, meeting goals is actually really hard. It's changing an entire routine, or creating a routine that you just aren't used to. It takes a lot of time and effort, and sometimes it's time and effort that we miscalculated.
I've been traveling now for 4 months, and I've let myself down a number of times by committing to too much and just not following through. Its painful to realize that after writing down everything I wanted to do in a month, I fell short somewhere. For example, this blog. The plan was to write once a week, seemed easy at the time. But then I arrived in Portugal and realized how much there was to do (while not staring at a computer) and aside from working I felt like I needed to explore. Do I regret that decision? NO. I've realized that life is a series of decisions, and I've just been making decisions that I feel are best. Unfortunately, they haven't aligned with my goals just yet, but I'm working on it. With that goal, I saw a post recently that said "One Day or Day One", so here is day one of writing on the blog.
This is the mentality I want to have. No more "one day" intentions. I've learned that a good mindset and not being too hard on yourself are two of the most important things in life. If I haven't started something, I want to feel like I can do it whenever. Like it's never too late to start that goal I set back in October, or last January for that matter. Over the past four months, I've learned a lot about productivity (and lack there of). I've learned a lot about how I want to grow and the lifestyle I want to live. I've honestly probably learned more about myself in the past year than I did in the past twenty-five years of my life. With this growth, there are hopefully (and luckily) many day one's to come this year. The day one's that set the bar, and the days after that will lead me into a routine and lifestyle that brings me permeant joy.