My Goals for March

setting personal goals for march

I’m always working on my goals, that’s a fact.

I probably fail more times than I succeed. But that’s proof that I’m trying again and again.

So now I’ve decided to give this accountability thing a try. I’ll write down and publish on the blog a few things I want to focus on in the next 3 weeks.

The month has already started, but I’m not a fan of waiting for Mondays, the  beginning of the month, or else. As usually later becomes never.

The sooner one starts working on his habits, the sooner he will fail, and thus get closer to doing it the right way (as he finds out what doesn’t work).

The point is not to get discouraged during the journey.

Three weeks is not that much, compared to all the previous months. Actually, it’s the perfect amount of time to see how far you can get in your personal development.

The good news is that, if I fail, I’ll try again. But this time I might just get it right!
Throughout the years I’ve learnt to deal with failure, which is a great achievement itself.

And now that I look at where I am, the place is much better than what it used to be. So I’m quietly moving forward. Experimenting, finding out new systems that work best for me and implementing them in my daily schedule.
And the thing I’m most grateful for is that I haven’t given up even after so many mistakes and areas with no progress.

So here are a few things I’d love to have achieved by the end of March.

  1. Go to the gym at least 4 times a week.

I’m currently going 3-4 on average, sometimes 2, as it’s a habit I’ve been working on for years.
But I still have these dark moments every now and then when I feel a bit depressed, eat a lot of junk food and don’t get much done. And I stay away from the gym, too.

The goal now is to go there 4 times a week no matter what.

I know I can do it, and always feel so much better and proud of myself after a workout, but the point is to fight my demons and show up even when it’s raining, or when I don’t feel like going anywhere.

It’s quite a realistic goal, but still requires a bit more dedication and effort than I’m currently investing in that. So it’s a great way to challenge myself a bit (considering there are other things I’ll want to do in the next few goals).

  1. Have my morning routine at least 4 times a week.

Once I get up early, it’s easy for me to do a quick workout, meditate for a few minutes and do other positive and healthy activities. I get stuff done and my days are much better than the ones on which I get up later than planned.

So the goal here is to make myself get up really early. And then do what I usually do , and be able to call the day productive.

  1. Write for at least an hour 5 times a week.

If my day goes as planned (starting early with a successful morning routine and a positive mindset), I quickly sit down and start writing. Then I write for 60-90 minutes at least. That’s 2-3 posts, or enough pages if I’m working on a book so that I can feel good about the work I’ve done.

It must be in the first part of the day, preferably right after my morning routine.

What takes willpower, though, is to make myself sit down and write that first paragraph.

I think all writers and bloggers know what I’m talking about.

  1. No bread, rice, potatoes.

Now that’s what I call a challenge.

It’s something I try all the time, but food is my greatest weakness.

There’s nothing I’ve tried to give up more times (I mean junk food, gluten, sweets, etc.)

I finally managed to do that with bread a few years ago, as I could eat great amounts of it without hesitation. So now it’s not that tempting, although I still eat it sometimes.

Sweets aren’t really my passion (and thank God for that!), but there’s still stuff like rice and potatoes.

My body needs them to some extent, yes. But I’ve tried to exclude them from my menu and felt so much better without them.

I believe that most carbs and foods with gluten are actually unnecessary for the body.

Anyways, I’m doing it more for the “get fit” part of all that.

I’ll try not to eat rice and potatoes and stuff like that until the end of the month.

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That’s it for now.

There are habits I’ve just developed like blogging regularly (4-6 times a week), that I want to stay consistent in.

But my focus is on getting these 4 a go for the next 3 weeks. They’re all attainable and I believe that seeing the progress I’ll made once I do all that, will be my motivation to keep doing it and be in top shape for the summer.

So let’s see how that will go.

I’ll share my results (good or bad) on March 30.

If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.
Les Brown

What are some of your goals? What are you working on now?

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How Murphy’s Law Can Influence Our Goals and Personal Development

How Murphy's Law Can Influence Our Goals and Personal Development

Murphy’s Law has been the subject of scientific debate and comment for generations, with the concept first emerging in discussions from the late 1800s. It is best categorised as an example of the Second Law of Thermodynamics and is based on the observation that left to themselves, systems tend to become more disordered over time.

Murphy’s Law also suggests that it’s practically impossible to maintain perfect order in any given scenario, meaning that anything with the innate potential to go wrong ultimately will. This is how Murphy’s Law is best known, but the theory has a number of potential applications and can be internalised to influence our outlooks and pursuit of goals.

In this post, we’ll ask how Murphy’s Law ties into the pursuit of objectives and personal development, and whether creating the image of success is central to long-term attainment.

Dropping Buttered Toast  – Practically Applying the Principles of Murphy’s Law

We’ll start with a simple analogy and one that has been used to explain Murphy’s Law for more than a century.

If you make toast every morning and proceed to drop it on the floor, Murphy’s Law dictates that sooner or later it will land buttered-side down.

While this counters the rules of probability, which theoretically stipulates that the bread could land buttered-side up every time that it lands, it simply argues that the worst-case scenario has the potential to unfold if the act is repeated endlessly and over a significant period of time.

One of the key conclusions here is that systems and actions influence end results. And Murphy’s Law simply considers the potential failings in any given circumstance.

If we continue to use the example of dropping buttered toast, we also see how changing the way in which this act is performed will impact on the relevant of Murphy’s Law, as controlling the angle and the height from which the bread is dropped could cause it to land the same way every single time.

How Does This Translate into the Attainment of Success?

If we internalise Murphy’s Law, we begin to see how it can influence our pursuit of personal and career aims.

Our actions in life all lead to consequences. When we pursue goals there is a myriad of things that can go wrong and derail our carefully laid plans. As Murphy’s Law plays out and we experience failures, however, the key lies in our ability to learn from these individual setbacks and change our actions to achieve better results.

If we extend this principle further, there’s a suggestion that creating the image of success can lend itself to future attainment.

In broad terms, there’s no doubt that presenting yourself as an ambitious, knowledgable and hungry individual can influence people’s perception of you, negating many of the issues or obstacles that can occur when applying for work or promotions. This automatically reduces the things that can go wrong when pursuing goals, while recognising the merit of Murphy’s Law and negating its influence.

From a practical perspective, creating the image of material success also makes it far easier to achieve certain types of growth and advancement.

Here’s an example. Having an Audi can help you to achieve an underlying goal of affording an upgraded model, for example, as it’s likely to boast greater resale value and can be traded in as part-exchange with specialist dealers. So long as you take care of the asset and have an Audi warranty, you can simultaneously tackle the issue of Murphy’s Law while also boosting your chances of attainment.

Final Words

Although it’s almost impossible to prove or disprove the validity of Murphy’s Law, there’s no doubt that its basic premise makes perfect and undeniable sense.

It’s also worth internalising this theory and applying it to the pursuit of success, primarily by considering how the actions that we take can minimise risk and influence the end result.

This way, you can recognise the basic principles of Murphy’s Law and use them to your advantage, as you look to control how you pursue your goals in a way that directly prevents things from going wrong.