2020 Goal Results & 2021 Plans

Posted: January 4, 2021 in Goals
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In spite of the weirdness and loss which was a significant part of 2020, I’m glad to say that I did fairly well on meeting the goals I published here a year ago. Of course, 2020 will mostly be remembered for the havoc that the COVID-19 pandemic wrought on the entire world population. I will remember it, in addition, for the sad loss of my dear 94-year-old mother-in-law and for being laid off from work after 17+ years with the company that I hoped to retire from in 2027. I’ll remember it for being the year we decided to sell our home in Louisville and return to my small hometown of Winchester, Kentucky to be near my parents (although the house hasn’t sold yet, so we’re still in Louisville for now). I’ll remember it for being the year we couldn’t hug our grandkids for over nine months and for being the year I worked from home for over nine months.

Some things you can control; some things you can’t. Either way, you move on.

I set three personal goals in January 2020. Here is how they turned out and what I plan to do related to them in 2021:

  1. I wanted to average at least 10,000 steps per day with an ideal of having no day with less than 10,000. I’m glad to say that I never went to bed without hitting 10,000 steps any of the 366 days of the year, although it took me until a few minutes past midnight 4-5 nights along the way to hit the mark. On those few days I’d be working at my desk and glance at my watch only to realize that I was a couple thousand steps shy with only a few minutes before midnight. So I’d jump up, jog in place like an idiot until I hit the goal, then get back to work. My final total according to Garmin was 4,060,482 steps for the year, an average of 338,373 per month or 11,094 per day. That’s about 2032 miles for the year and 169 per month if I assume 2,000 steps per mile. I plan to back off that just a tad for 2021 with a goal of 9000 per day average.
  2. I wanted to spend a minimum of one hour per day in personal devotional Bible study and prayer. I hit that average, but I missed too many days to suit me here and there that I had to make up. This isn’t a goal you want to make up. It’s a discipline you want to ingrain into your life without exception. That amount of time allowed me to finish reading the Reformation Study Bible and to read about 90% of the Spurgeon Study Bible as well, plus to be far more regular in prayer than I had been in some years. I’m also using part of that time to jot down devotional thoughts along the way for the book I’ll start writing this week. If I could devote an hour a day to the practice while working 40-50 hours per week, there’s no excuse for not giving at least that much time now that I’m laid off from work, so I’ll continue this goal in 2021.
  3. The goal I didn’t achieve was writing two blog posts per month – a personal article on this blog and a professional one on LinkedIn. I wrote eight personal and five professional articles, but I’ll admit that the news in May 2020 that I’d be losing my job in a matter of months took the wind out of my sails for writing, especially on professional topics. I’ll write a few blog posts in 2021, but my major focus will be writing at least one devotional book.

All in all, I count 2020 as a good year in terms of personal discipline and goals I had control over such as the ones above. There is much more that could be said regarding the life changes wrought by the pandemic and the domino effect of decisions made by others, but that is probably best left to a different post or private conversations.

I hope that in spite of the disruption 2020 brought that you also can find several bright successes to celebrate as you look back. I bet there were some silver linings there if you look.

It’s time to take on 2021.

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