I’ve always been a very goal oriented person – really anything I can check off a list is highly motivating for me. I regularly set goals/create to do lists for the short term, but until recently have never considered setting long term goals to give structure to my whole year. I’ve been working on some personal growth over the last 6 months and a recurring theme amongst all of the books and podcasts is goal setting, giving you something to strive for. So I figured sure, why not! I’ve tried to set my goals in a number of areas of life to allow me to round out my life and hopefully keep things in balance, so I’ve got everything from career, to fitness, to personal goals. The Hubby and I even set some joint goals that we are going to work on as a couple. He has also set his own goals which he posted on one of his blogs late last month (sorry I couldn’t tell you where to find them I have no idea).
I hadn’t really planned on making my goals public, but publicity also creates accountability. I may or may not also have a few other “private” goals up my sleeve ;).
Here we go these are my goals for the year:
- Double my income in the year 2013 by starting a side business. (More on that in a later post I hope)
- Pay off the car by March 1/13. – Last February we started our “Total Money Makeover” after reading Dave Ramsey’s book of the same title, and it has been life-changing for us in more than just the financial realm of life. If you have ANY debt at all seriously check it out, read it. It’s been an amazing journey for us and is really what has started my journey to self improvement.
- Run a 10K race – I know I can do this, but it’s fun to participate in the event!
- Run a 1/2 Marathon – got up to the distance last year but then was unable to participate in an event.
- Run a full Marathon – this will be the true physical stretch for me, farther than I’ve ever run before!
- List & sell our current home
- Buy a larger home hopefully with a smaller mortgage
- Read all the books on my reading list. (See reading list below)
While some of these may seem like lofty goals I think “Go big or Go home” is a good principle by which to set your goals. If they are easily attainable then you aren’t going to find it challenging enough to keep you interested (at least I’m not). And hey, if I only make it 3/4 of the way then I’ve still made it farther than last year and ultimately while I am always going to strive to meet and even surpass a goal that I’ve set – that’s just the way I am – making it even 1/2 way there on most of them is still pretty good.
- The Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey – finished Jan 4/13
- The Millionaire Next Door – Dr’s Thomas J. Stanley & William D. Danko – Finished Feb 11/13
- Wisdom Meets Passion – Dan Miller
- Guerrilla Marketing – Jay Conrad Levinson
- Entreleadership – Dave Ramsey
- See You at the Top – Zig Ziglar
- $100 Start-Up – Chris Gilibeau – in progress
- No More Monday’s – Dan Miller
- Tribes – Seth Godin
- Love & Respect – Dr Emerson Eggerichs – started & abandoned 3/4 of the way through – good content, just not my style.
- Thou Shall Prosper – Daniel Lapin
- Becoming a Person of Influence – John C. Maxwell
- How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie
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