Practice Makes Progress

Practice Makes Progress

Practice Makes Progress.

This is a phrase I say often. I don’t believe in Perfection, and teaching my kids that if they practice something they will perfect it seems wrong to me. Instead, we strive for progression.

Practice Makes Progress - A gentle reminder that perfection isn't required

As you saw in my 2016 goals post, I didn’t quite complete all of my 2015 goals, but I did make progress. I think part of that was because I just simply didn’t look back/read them often enough. To avoid that, I have printed my 2016 goals out and hung them in my bedroom where I will see them everyday as a reminder of what I want to accomplish.

Nevertheless, I wanted to share the progress of my 2015 goals. I added notes for some goals inside parenthesis. I plan on completing the list in 2016. I put a strike through the goals that were completed.

2015 Goals Progress:

Delete old blog posts – edit/bump some others for SEO (Deleted some, but didn’t edit any for SEO)
Make better/Pinnable images 
Blog 1-2 times weekly with focus on Reach and interaction (I think I averaged 1 post a week overall if that counts)
Set up social media scheduled shares
Update social media kit regularly
Promote YouTube channel more!! (Though not as much as I should have, I did get better at this)
Clean sidebar including: About Me. Popular Posts
Define and stick to my niche
Reach level 50 in Diablo 2 :)
Read 12 new books for FUN I read 41 books in 2015.
Complete my 30 before 30 list
Learn new makeup techniques
Complete 12 craft/DIY projects
Teach Aybra to read!
Teach Losh to write his last name and 1-20
Serve others
Save save save (Saved and then drained it.. so while not a complete failure, it ended up being a fail)
Create more income (Need steady income)
Build more friendships
Create more worksheets
Take family pictures (Selfies don’t count!)
Day and Night family prayer
Visit the zoo – maybe a new one
Visit a new park
Swim more  (We didn’t swim much, but more than the previous year, so I am counting this as a success)

Did you complete all of your 2015 Goals? 

I find it easier to complete my goals if I make them according to what I am already focused on doing.

35 thoughts on “Practice Makes Progress

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Ya know, I never make goals, but I did have a great year in 2015. I am looking forward to seeing what 2016 has to bring.

  2. Jenn

    I rarely make goals. I think its because I am a perfectionist and that it leads me to over compensating and over straining myself working negatively then positively! Good for you on accomplishing so many goals!

  3. Heather Johnson

    My new goal is to not buy any toys or books for my kids. We have too many toys and can get any book we want from the library. Instead, we will use our fun money for experiences. So far so good!

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      That is a good goal. I love reading and my children love it too. We go to the library often for books. I have a hard time buying books because I usually don’t reread them and I feel like it is a waste.

  4. Michele

    Just because you had to spend your savings on what was probably an emergency does not make it a fail! Actually it was a win because you had the extra money when you needed it! Just keep on saving—it is a good thing. As for me–I don’t set goals or make resolutions-I just try to do the absolute best and be the best I can be always.

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      I like your way of looking at it. I am carrying on that goal of adding to my savings. It is quite hard as a single mom on a very low budget, but I know I can do it! Having it there for emergencies was actually the plan for it, so you are right that it wasn’t a fail.

  5. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I do not usually make resolutions. What I do is to make careful planning towards achieving a goal. I know there are always obstacles, which I’d rather call “speed bumps in the road to success.” Nevertheless, I move forward. Doesn’t matter if I take baby steps, hop, run, or crawl. I just move forward. Wishing you all the best this 2016!

  6. Jes

    One of the speakers at my grandma’s funeral was just talking about perfection and progress. Maybe I need to take a hint and not be so hard on myself.

  7. michelle

    i didn’t set any goals for my blog for 2015 because it was my first year of blogging and i didn’t have expectations but i am trying to figure out some goals for this year

  8. Peggy

    Oh no – you didnt get family pictures in! I say do it now and dont delay – that’s a time sensitive activity!! Store them safely!!

  9. Heather

    I think you made a good dent in your 2015 goals. I like the idea of making progress instead of perfecting. Sometimes life just happens and you have to go with the flow or sometimes you find I. The new year a particular goal was kind of silly. Like my husband made a goal to watch 365 movies….totally silly right? And no he wasn’t able to watch that many movies.

  10. Elizabeth O.

    You did complete a lot of them though which makes it more awesome! I hope you’re able to complete even more for this year. I love that you do not aim for perfection, instead you aim for improvement which is more productive if you ask me.

  11. Eileen

    I didn’t really have too many goals for 2015. I just want to be more organized and try and a regular blogging schedule Looks like you were very productive – you had a lot !

  12. Claudette

    Congratulations on what you achieved! Personally, I do not set goals or make resolutions. I set intentions, create vision boards and allow life to unfold. All the best for 2016.

  13. Patrice M Foster

    I use to have resolutions plans and goals but never could achieve. 2015 was fine my intention is 2016 will move me closer to what I want to achieve. You did great congrats!

  14. victoria

    My 2016 goal was need to be focus on all my work my past 2015 my life was very easier but now i need to work harder

  15. Victoria Sconion

    Patience is important. When my internet is down, I’m forced to use my phone to do blog work and upload videos. This requires a lot of patience, but its great because I always end up reaping from the seeds I planted. Great goals and I know you can accomplish them if you put your mind to it.

  16. Yonca

    Enjoyable and inspiring post! I do make a ‘to do list’. I believe the power behind small steps that eventually lead to achievement.

  17. Jenn Peters

    I didn’t create a goal list for last year, but I’m thinking for just the satisfaction of tracking progress that I should do one for this year.

  18. Tami

    I need to hang my 2016 goals up, too. I should also evaluate the progress I made in 2015. Both would help me in 2016. Thanks for the suggestions.

  19. Michelle@healthiersteps.com

    I make goals and find that when I do, I’m more motivated to accomplish them!

  20. Chanelle

    Love this. My husband and I keep our goals on our phones and update yearly. I love looking over the years and seeing all the things we have accomplished.

  21. Kelsey

    This post is super inspiring, and also super important!! Noticing how far you’ve come and the strides you had make are much more important than completing every single goal of yours in just one year

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