I love Kansas City sports teams! Chiefs & Royals all the way! I have been a fan all of my life. Watching the Royals last year was really awesome for me. Do you think that the Chiefs or the Royals start each year thinking and believing that they will only go so far? Take any professional sports team and ask them at the beginning of the year and they all believe that they have what it takes to make it to the top. Take any profession and ask each employee and most will say that they have what it takes to make their company better or make them more money. It's all because of goals. The Royals want the World Series Championship. The Chiefs want the Super Bowl Championship. The Patriots want their quarterback back. Whatever it is that people want - it starts with goals.
I am a "Goals" person. Each year I write out a list of goals and hope that I have the discipline to stick to it. One of the hardest goals that I had set for myself, and failed to complete, was to reach 1000 miles running/jogging/walking in one year. I got to the 750's. It was close but didn't get the medal that they'd give every runner at the end of a marathon, (or half). I'll admit, it was a bit of a pipe dream, impractical, unrealistic but it got me moving.
This year, I believe I set difficult goals to achieve for myself though they are attainable goals. Here is a list of my goals from the beginning of the year.
1. Give 10% more than last year
2. Read one book each month [outside of my Bible Study]
3. Spend one hour outside each day as possible
4. Limit TV time to 1 hour each day
5. 500 miles [run/walk]
6. Get Healthier!
I'm going to do some follow up posts in evaluating how I'm doing on each of my six goals so far and throughout the year. It's important to do this after you've set goals for yourself. How will you know if you ever achieved what you set out to do?
My goals are specific. I don't want to be cookie cutter. The only cookie cutter goal is #6 but if I do #'s 1-5, #6 is bound to happen. Too general of goals makes it very easy to back out. The general "decisions" takes any decisive approach out of making goals. "Make more money" is subjective; will you be happy if you make $1 more than you did the previous year?
Goals are important in life. They are used as motivation to keep moving; to push forward further than you thought you could. Will there be times that I fail? Absolutely. Will there be time that I succeed? Absolutely.
They say life is a marathon and not a sprint; I say life is meant to be lived and not to wait for tomorrow to live. This doesn't mean to be stupid for the sake of stupidity. It means to live life in the present because life is happening all around you!
Goals are meant to better oneself. They give a person something to strive for and the moment a person gets an inch closer to completing a goal, it's encouraging and the goal is made real.
This is real life.
WHAT GOALS DID YOU MAKE THIS YEAR?
HOW ARE YOU ACHIEVING THESE GOALS?
Comment your answers below!