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August 2018 Personal Growth Goals

I’m not going to lie… I’ve been dreading writing this post. I’ve known for the last couple of weeks that I wasn’t going to achieve my personal growth goals this month, and I’ve been wondering if I could just skip this month’s update and hope that no one would notice.

But here I am, making a full confession. I did not achieve my goals this month… neither of them.

August 2018 Personal Growth Goals

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And now I’m sure you’re wondering – as I’ve asked myself many times this month – why even have a blog about personal growth if you can’t achieve your own personal growth goals? What I’ve come to realize is this – I didn’t start this blog because I have all the answers or because I’m an expert (I don’t and I’m not).

I started Jamimico as a way of documenting my own journey as I work towards creating a life I love and as a way of encouraging other women as they do the same. I’m not here because I’m perfect; I’m here because I’m not.

I know that’s something you understand. You’re not perfect either and, sometimes, you don’t achieve your goals. I hope that this is a refreshing reminder that we all fail sometimes and that’s okay.

So, with all that being said, I’ve decided to post about my failures (again) because I believe that failures are worth celebrating and learning from together.

More Personal Growth Goals

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July 2018 Personal Growth Goals
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July Goals Report

Create and Stick to a Morning Routine

This month, I not only didn’t stick to a morning routine, I never created one. Yep. One big step back from June. In June I had a great plan and really tried to follow through (you can read about it here); in July I didn’t even have a plan.

July was a busy month and I didn’t make my morning routine a priority, like I should have. If I’ve learned anything from this month, it’s that goals take time and commitment. If you’re not willing to put in the time and really commit, it’s not going to happen.

Read the Bible and Pray Daily

I definitely did better with this goal. For a few weeks I set aside time about every other day, which is better than I’ve been doing. However, about halfway through the month, my resolve somewhat faltered and I ended up giving it up altogether.

In last month’s post, I mentioned that I would set up a tracker to mark each day, but that never happened. Not being able to see the days that I had already followed through definitely didn’t help my motivation.

August Personal Growth Goals

As you can see, I’ve decided to keep the same goals that I had in July. I know… boring. But I firmly believe in setting a goal and sticking to it until you actually achieve it.

I was listening to the Life Coach School Podcast recently and she said something that really struck me: When you commit to something, there is no try. If you truly commit to making something happen, you will stick to it until it happens.

I am committed to these two goals. I will create and stick to a morning routine and I will read the Bible and pray daily.

Create and Stick to a Morning Routine

Because I’ve decided to really commit to this goal, I took a little leap and invested in my mornings. I’ve known that I need to enlist some help, so when someone mentioned the Make Over Your Mornings course, I decided to go for it! It’s a 14-day course about creating more productive and fulfilling mornings. I started the course yesterday, and I’m very hopeful that it will be exactly what I need to fall in love with my mornings.

There’s even a day titled “What to Do When You Fail (Because We All Do!)”. Perfect, right?!

P.S. If you’re interested in checking out the course, you can get free access to day one.

Read the Bible and Pray Daily

Day 3 of the Make Over Your Mornings course is about determining your non-negotiables and then making them a priority in the morning. A daily quiet time is definitely one of my non-negotiables.

It’s so important for me to have this time of reflection and prayer at some point during the day and I think mornings are the perfect time. As I work to improve my mornings, I plan to make reading the Bible and praying a big priority. I’ve already scoped out a little corner and bought a candle for that space as an incentive for getting up in the morning.

One Last Note

I know you may be disappointed in my progress last month. That’s okay; I am, too. But I hope that it gives you a confidence in knowing that it’s okay to fail and learn from your failures. The most important thing is to not give up.

If you have personal growth goals you’re working towards, I want to encourage you to not give up on them, no matter how many times you fail.

My Personal Growth Goals for August

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