Welcome 2010

So here we are, at the start of a brand new decade.  We should take this opportunity to look back to all the goals that we had set in 2000 (or wish we had set) and figure out which of those goals we accomplished and which needed a little work.  This can apply in any way, financially, scholastically, athletically, or any other way you can think of.

I have to admit, in 2000 I was 21 and my goals at the time were to survive hygiene school and find a good place to hang out on the weekend.  I wasn’t really looking too deep into the future.  Now that I’ve got a few more years under my belt, and 10 years more experience, my focus goes a little deeper.

Setting goals can be a challenge.  It’s not always easy to decide where you want to go or what you want to do, let alone how you’re going to get there.  I suppose you need to start with a vision.  Where do you see yourself when that flashy ball in NYC drops for 2020?  Keep in mind goals need to be specific and measureable, challenging yet attainable.  Saying I want to be rich or beat Chrissie Wellington in Hawaii may not be realistic.  For one, define rich.  We would all like to be financially sound, but there’s no way to measure rich.  And let’s face it, those with the most money seem to have the most issues.  Secondly, while I would love to wave to Chrissie Wellington as I power by on my bike, it’s probably not going to happen.

So here are some goals I have set for myself this decade:

  • No more car accidents!!
  • Race in at least 5 Ironman races
  • Qualify for Kona
  • Reduce my marathon time down to 3:20
  • Reduce my half ironman time to 5:10
  • Successfully send Shai to college
  • Purchase a larger home with a garage, closets and more than one bathroom
  • Raise at least $50,000 for Jog for Jugs

I’m sure I could continue with many more goals for the next 10 years, but I will concentrate on these for now.  Of course, once you’ve figured out the long term goals, you need to decide which steps you will take to get to that special place.  Here are some of my shorter term goals for the year 2010:

  • Race Boston Marathon with a time somewhere between 3:30 and 3:35
  • Race Ironman Louisville
  • Reduce my half ironman time to 5:30
  • Send Shai to summer camp for math/science projects
  • Raise $2000 for Jog for Jugs

As you can see I’ve set long term goals as well as the steps I hope to take this year in their direction.  Keeping in mind that we do live in upstate NY and just getting through the winter is a feat in itself.  Setting these goals will keep me motivated during these long winter months to get outside and brave the elements.  One key thing about goal setting is to tell people what your goals are.  Once others are aware of your goals they will ask you how it’s going.  This can be a tremendous push to keep you motivated.  No one wants to say “I gave up.”

Well now that you all know where I would like to be heading for the next decade, take some time to figure you where you would like to go.  Remember to keep those goals realistic, measureable, challenging and attainable.  Once you set your mind to it the possibilities are endless

Good luck in 2010!  Work hard, but play harder!!