Way back in January of 2012 I made a list of 12 goals for 2012.
A huge point of failure for my 12 in ’12 goals was that I tried to begin at the end, rather than beginning at square one. I wasn’t realistic about what I was capable of sustaining and building on, and as a result I failed at several key goals (prayer, meditation, tithing).
With that in mind, I’ve been careful to set each goal at square one and to leave room to grow. That means I’m facing less pressure and have a greater chance of success because of how I’ve structured these goals. Some call this “setting yourself up to succeed.”
Without any further ado, I give you my 13 goals for 2013.
- Meditation: Spend time in meditation daily. Start at 5 min, work up from there.
- Debt: Restructure our monthly budget to prioritize paying off credit card, student and car debt.
- Good to Great: Learn to say “no” to good things to become great at great things. (AKA “focus”)
- Deep relationships: Stop trying to be everything to everyone. Invest heavily in my inner circle.
- Invest in others: I’ve been walking with 6 high school guys from my church for about 3 years now. This year is the year to successfully transition (most of) them to college and to see that our relationship continues to grow through that life change.
- Read 13 books: This should be a cake walk. Srsly.
- Learn to write daily: Perhaps the hardest item on my list. I experience massive resistance when I try to write. It’s time to make it habit.
- Learn to fish: I’ll need help from Aubrey Hogan for this one.
- Tough Mudder: This is the year. Here we go!
- Healthy Food: Learn to cook meals ahead of time and to not buy quick food at work.
- Life Plan: Keeping my Life Plan current has been a challenge since I wrote it. Schedule quarterly reviews ahead of time to keep it relevant.
- Language: Practice Spanish three times per week to get in shape for a trip to Central America this summer!
- Fitness: Build a habit of hitting the gym before work in the morning. In 2012 I usually snuck into the gym after work/before dinner and it wasn’t nearly as effective as when I got up early and pumped iron first thing in the morning. Time to change that.
There you have it! I look forward to staying accountable to you over the next 12 months for each of these goals and seeing where this path takes us.
Here we go!