My Third Blog Post

I’m stubborn.


Ok so I’m pretty terrible at this whole writing my blog thing.  I think of all these great topics I want to write about while I’m in the middle of doing something.  Then when I actually have the time to sit down and write I end up being way too lazy and don’t write or forget I wanted to write in the first place.  In fact, I feel like this happens to me a lot with my life in general.  So, I apologize, I really am going to try and get better about writing more.

Today I wanted to talk about setting goals.  I’ve read different articles that say if you set a goal and write that goal down you’re 42% more likely to achieve that goal and even more likely to achieve the goal if you tell someone about it.  I’ve tried writing down and talking about my goals and have gotten mixed results, but maybe that’s just me?

I don’t know about the rest of you, but lately I seem to be on the path of: the fewer people I tell, the more likely I am to accomplish a goal.  I think it has something to do with how stubborn I am and that by telling people I start to lose sight of who the goal was set for.

For example, I have been trying to get my Professional Engineering License for awhile now.  In order to get my license I have to have 4 years of work experience and pass a comprehensive 8 hour exam.

I’ve signed up for review courses and studied on my own, but so far I haven’t been successful at passing the exam.  I think it’s because I always end up telling people I’m taking the exam and everyone is always encouraging me to studying more or do what they think I need to do to pass the test.  This only ends up frustrating me, because like I said I’m stubborn and am convinced I know what I need to do to pass the test.  I end up not studying as much as I should because I’m frustrated/want to prove a point.  I then end up losing my motivation to take the test altogether and ultimately end up forgetting who I am taking the test for; me.

With that I am learning that sometimes I need to set goals for myself and me alone.  I don’t need to share what I am up to with everyone all the time.  Sometimes I just need to focus on completing my goal my way and for myself, which is exactly what I plan to do when I retake my engineering exam in April.

Now you are probably thinking I have completely lost it since I just said I’m not going to share what I am up to with everyone, yet write a blog about my life and just said what my goal was.  I tell all of you everything because to me this blog is more like a diary/journal of my thoughts than anything else, which is why I like the idea of staying anonymous.  Sure I could keep a private journal, but I liked the idea of a blog in case by some chance someone read my posts and could relate.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go make myself some dinner.  🙂