Each year as December comes to a close, I take stock of the year. If you read Runwritedig with any regularity, you know that I set goals for running and writing. Then, in 2013, for the first time I set a goal for gardening as well. They all sounded good at the time. At the time, I was a year younger and stronger. At the time, I had the security -and routine- of a job I really liked. At the time, my twins were still riding bicycles. They hadn’t yet wrecked my cars. Yes, that’s right; that’s cars with an “s.” By now, you can sense where this look in the rearview mirror is headed. I did not meet most of my 2013 goals. And so, to that I say, “Who needs ’em anyway? What good are they?” My inside voice shouts, “Goals, Schmoals!”
OK, now that I got that out of the way, it’s time to look ahead to a better 2014. Truth be told, I know the answer to those questions rummaging around in my head. If I’m being entirely honest, I know that I need goals. I know how important they are to me. I set goals to provide two markers: (1) a benchmark for measuring whatever I consider to be personal success, (2) a proclamation for becoming a little better person today than I was yesterday.
My 2013 goal was to compete in three organized races, one of which would be a half marathon. I ran exactly one– a 10K. Major fail! 😦
My 2014 goal is a bit more realistic and less ambitious. I will run two organized races this year; any distance will do.
My 2014 goal is entirely different. It’s all about writing for pleasure, not just for business. I will join a writer’s group to develop a voice in fiction.
My 2013 goal was to grow, harvest, and distribute 100 lbs. of organically grown vegetables from my backyard garden, to those less fortunate. I am happy to announce that I gave away 115 lbs. 🙂
My 2014 goal is to repeat the success of this year, and dole out another 100# from my backyard 4×8’s.
And so it goes. My goals are established, prioritized, and now publicized. I’m accountable to complete them all.
What works for you? Do you set goals for your own success? How do you hold yourself accountable to complete them? Leave your comments in the section at the bottom of this article.
- Your Goals for 2014-Find Them Inside, Make Them Real and Find Time! (thetimefinder.com)
- Goals for 2014 (publishedindieauthors.wordpress.com)