I like learning about Genghis Khan and the Mongols, but 2019 might not have been the best time for it.
Twelve books in twelve months; that was one of my goals for last year. For some people this is laughable because they read and finish so many books, but that’s not me. I like to read and am often talking to clients about the books they are reading. They motivate me to want to read more. This seemed like a worthwhile challenge.
So, 2019 began and the goal of 12 books in 12 months was set. Not only was I going to pursue this, but my first book was one that I have had for years but never finished. But for some reason, that didn’t faze me. Hmmm.
By the end of the year I hadn’t read my 12 books. As a matter of fact, I didn’t finish the first book. Genghis and his Mongols had eluded me again. What’s the point of sharing my seemingly epic New Year’s Resolution fail? It’s that our New Year’s resolutions, however grand or small, don’t define whether we’ve had a successful year.
Perhaps I should have started with an easier read. I find Genghis Khan’s story fascinating, and the influence that he had on the world astounding, but you can really get bogged down with some of the details presented in challenging books. This was not a light read and was not good planning on my part, and it may have sabotaged my resolution from the start.
But that “fail” didn’t stop me – I actually found myself reading a lot during 2019, just not books. I read lots of health and fitness articles, materials, and blogs. I have a desire to read more to further my knowledge, keep up with the current findings and better serve my clients. These things were not factored into my “12 in 12” resolution, thus my aim changed a bit throughout the year, and I feel okay with how it morphed.
So, as you’re coming up with your resolutions and goals for this year, they should be practical as well as fluid. Put some thought into it but be willing to adjust your aim as the year goes on. Your resolutions don’t have to define your year and can change as you do in 2020. Hopefully you’ll do a better job than I did and avoid your own Genghis Khan.