Happy Birthday to me!! 2017 has been a year of learning what I DON'T want to do when it comes to accomplishing goals. I set many goals that I didn't even get started on, let alone accomplish. I felt lazy, unmotivated, and downright defeated. I gave up on 2017 by the time I reached Quarter 4 and decided to instead focus on getting a head start on 2018.
I know to some this quitter mentality may seem like a bad thing (and it is, to be honest) but I learned so much about myself that I'm willing to let it slide. Instead of just focusing on setting new goals for 2018, I decided to do some soul searching and figure out where I went so wrong in 2017.
One of the first things I did was to find a therapist and get a proper diagnosis on my mental health. I'll talk about it more in future posts, but long story short, I was misdiagnosed as having bipolar disorder and I have been carrying that (and improper treatments) for over 15 years.
The next thing I did was to take a Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Personality Test. My personality type is INTJ, which stands for Introverted, Intuition, Thinker, and Judgement. It is the rarest of the MBTI personality types, and even more rare to be a female INTJ. I will be doing more posts on the different aspects of my INTJ personality as it relates to my planning and life in general.
I also took Gretchen Rubin's Four Tendencies quiz, which can be found here. I have an Obliger tendency. In short, I do what I have to do. I don't want to let others down, but I may let myself down. I need to have external accountability for EVERYTHING, even the things that I really want to do.
After finding out all of these different things, it became obvious why I failed with my goals this year. It didn't make it any easier, but I knew what I needed to do going forward. I already had my DIY Powersheets that I had created to help with my goals for 2018. (FYI, I will definitely be buying them from Cultivate What Matters for 2019. They are amazing!!) I will also be using this blog and my YouTube channel to publicly post my goals each month and looking to all of you to hold me accountable.
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I posted a video about this same topic earlier this week on YouTube. You can view it here. We have some amazing conversations going on in the comments so be sure to join in.