A Longer View on Goals

A Longer ViewWhere do you want to be in 3 years? What kind of person will you become in 5 years?

What will you do in the next 3 Months? What are you going to change TODAY?!?

Take a minute to think about these questions in your own life. Is your future a clear vision? A foggy haze? Total darkness? If you want to accomplish something specific, your something will need to be visible.

The holidays are almost here, and 2015 is approaching faster than you think. For me, that means New Year’s Resolutions and a chance to create something totally fresh in my life, but that doesn’t mean that I create a wall between this year and last year.

For the last several weeks, I’ve been making big plans. I’ve been brainstorming. I’ve thought hard about the future and where it might take Kristin and I. Though we’ve made some really great strides and accomplished many awesome things, I feel like there is so much we’d still like to do. And so the list of goals and aspirations keep growing.

We’ve got years of goals piling up, and thinking long term can be daunting. I’m starting to look at the list of resolutions in terms of multiple years and what might actually take several years to accomplish.

What I’ve found in our lives is there is so much we want to do and not enough time to do it all. So we must decide. Have you heard the phrase “you can do anything you want, but you can’t do everything”? Desiring is the easy part, deciding is the hard part.

It is time for us to decide.

Last year I made some pretty well-rounded goals that touched all aspects of our lives, but many of them I noticed were pretty easy to accomplish in hindsight.

It felt great to be checking things off the list, but many of the harder tasks are still left undone.

It turns out that some of the big audacious goals are actually things that will take years to achieve. They can’t be done in just 365 days. (This is a good thing, by the way.)

Last year was really one of the first years of setting structured goals, and overall, it was really great. I had an easy-going list in the first year to have some quick wins and build up my momentum.

 

This year, however, I want us to get a little more serious. I’ve been toying with the idea of quarterly goals. This will be a way to supercharge my activities.

 

I’ll be sharing some of those goals in the future. Today, I want you to begin reflecting on your year, and be open to where it may take you.

 

 

50% Complete

50 Complete
I can’t believe the year is already halfway over.

It seems like just a few short months ago that I was making plans on what to do this year. Some goals I thought of were easy goals, and some were lofty stretch goals.

In the words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” A lot has happened in these last 6 months. This is my snapshot of where we are in our halfway mark with a few of 2014’s Goals.

Exercise

I had planned to run something longer than a marathon this year. “2013 Ethan” would have thought I would need to give myself plenty of time to train for an even longer run, so it had to be in September or October.

As I got closer to my annual Flying Pig marathon in May, though, it dawned on me that it would be much better to pick something sooner, so I signed up for Another Dam 50K in June, only 4 weeks after the Pig.

It turned out to be a great run and very helpful to set those runs close together so I didn’t lose training momentum. I feel like I can now tackle new, even scarier challenges with confidence. I’d even like to set a goal to hit Marathon Maniac status in the future!

Ethan's 1st Ultra

For the 2nd half of 2014, I’d like to keep my good running base by doing another marathon or half-marathon. I’d also like to work more on speed. Kristin and I are even looking at getting a GPS/ heart rate watch!

We’ve already been really successful this year with exercise, and we’d like to build upon that success base in the second half of the year.

Financial

We made great strides in our finances in 2014 as a couple. Kristin got a new job that has much better pay, and we have regained focus on our target to pay down the remaining student loan debt we owe, which is about $30,000.

We had given ourselves a short break from intense saving, and we now have new purpose with which to attack that goal. Paying off the student loans will help us to set up some amazing things in the near future as well. It’s our only debt besides the house!

It feels really great to have the freedom and security that financial success allows. The only money problems we seem to have are the good kind these days, and that is a real blessing.

Productivity

One of our biggest goals this year was to start this blog.

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For a new blogger like myself, It’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I get excited, scared, frustrated & satisfied all at once.

Kristin has really helped me along in navigating these new paths, and it’s been really rewarding and surprising to see some of the things that have come out of this project.

In the future we hope to grow this hobby and allow it room to expand. It is not the center of our lives, but I feel like it is helping us to build a solid foundation on which to create our voice, for whatever we do going forward.

Personal Growth

If you had told me that I’d be journaling every day consistently 1 year ago, I would have told you “that’s a nice idea, but it will never happen”.

About 12 months ago, I started journaling as part of the Start Experiment, and it wasn’t until January this year that it became almost daily. I now have 2 journals, actually – a personal journal and a productivity journal.

I should have been doing this years ago. I had this notion in my mind that writing in a journal was embarrassing. That only 12 year old girls write in journals. I admit was wrong.

Journaling has brought some great clarity and focus into my days. It helps me to deal with the issues of the day, it helps me reflect on what I’m doing right and wrong, and it gives me perspective on what is really important in life.

I highly recommend you just start doing it if you’re on the fence. I limit myself to 15 minutes a day using DayOne, and that works out great for me.

House

It may seem easy for most, but another one of our goals was to set up a home office. Kristin and I had gone back and forth about converting a lovely baby’s room from the previous homeowners into an office. They had decorated the third bedroom in Winnie the Pooh with a hand-painted mural, you guys.

We couldn’t bear (pun intended) to cover over that work of art for almost eight months, and finally we realized that it was doing no good for us in its current state. We painted it over with the help of family and bought a desk and lamps to create an office space. I also hung a cork board, and we plan to get a white board as well.

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Conclusion

As I look back at the year that’s already halfway over, I’m proud of all of our accomplishments thus far. This is one of the first years that I’ve written down and then checked back on my goals in a timely fashion. It has helped so much in keeping myself on track and accountable to finish by the end of the year.

92% of New Year’s Resolutions get side-tracked. Don’t become another statistic.

I hope to set and achieve bigger and loftier goals in the future. I want to be the best me that I can be. In order to do so, I realize that, though it will take hard work and dedication, the rewards are worth the effort.

 



   
   

   


 

 

 

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