“The path to greatness is along with others.” — Baltasar Gracion, Spanish Priest
If you’ve been stopping by lately, you’ve seen that I’ve been writing a lot about the actual process of goal setting.
What can I say?
The last 6 months have been big in terms of “having things come together” for me personally and professionally — and getting better at setting goals has been a huge part of the transformation I’ve experienced. The least I can do is share my journey with you in hopes that it might bring you success as well.
Add in the fact that the “deadline” for my first phase of goals in 2009 is fast approaching (March 31st), and it’s safe to say that I’ve been thinking a lot about “goals” this week as I reflect on the last 3 months. . . and make improvements that will help me accomplish my goals more effectively through the rest of the year.
To be absolutely transparent with you, I’ve accomplished a lot — much more than I ever thought possible (and definitely more than I’ve ever written down before) — in the first 76 days of this year. But it hasn’t been easy and, for as much as I’ve done, I’ve got a lot left on my list that I’ve barely started.
Are you in the same boat?
Did you set goals for yourself on New Year’s Eve? Goals that were incredibly important to you — goals that would have a significant, positive impact on your life if you brought them to life. Goals that, for whatever reason, as important as they are, you just haven’t been able to get around to them because you “forgot” or because other obstacles got in the way?
I know I did.
Of my many goals for the first 1/4 of this year, some things I’ve accomplished include:
- Overhauling my work wardrobe
- Volunteering my time
- Creating a preliminary system for semi-private training and obtaining my first semi-private training clients
- Saying “I love you” once a day. . . and meaning it
- Travel to Vermont
- Read “The Metabolic Typing Diet”
- Do a minimum of 1 pull up at my bodyweight + 70 lbs
- Write web page copy for pre-/post-natal training
These goals and others I’ve completed are important to me because they’ve firmed up the foundation of my business while also helping me personally — by building my relationship with my family, allowing me to decompress or maintaining/improving my health and fitness.
I’ve got lots to be proud of — more to be thankful for.
Then again, I’ve still got these goals on my plate:
- Finish two classes for my Master’s Program in Applied Sports Psychology (The degree will be nice, but the knowledge I’ll gain to further enhance my coaching will be better.)
- Learn to rock climb (Another great way to spend time outdoors, something to do with my wife and daughter — and one heck of a way to gain killer grip and back strength!)
- Give one seminar (I want to reach out to the community and help educate the masses on ways to achieve holistic health and fitness.)
- Do the Cosgrove Business Mentorship (What better way to put my business on the right track than learning the business structure of one of the most successful trainers in the country?)
- Make $15000/ month by March 31st (Baby needs a new pair of shoes. . . )
So. . . lot’s accomplished, sure. But I still feel like I’ve let myself down a bit because I wasn’t steady enough in my efforts to finish all that I set out to do. (Of course, I still have two weeks left and I’m going to be making a hell of an effort right up to the finish!)
Do you feel the same way?
Do you want to get back on track (or simply get yourself to the track if you haven’t even ventured toward it yet)? Do you want to see yourself completing goals in the next 1/4 of year (April through June), whether they be health goals, financial goals, education goals, adventure goals, family/relationship goals or career goals?
(I’m hoping the answer is a resounding YES!)
If so, let’s take the journey together — starting now!
In the comments below (or via my email here), tell me/list the goals you have that are most important to you. I’m going to compile my list and share it with you as well.
Together, let’s tackle our lists . . . support each other through our challenges. . . bring our goals to life. . . and enjoy the rewards of inspiration and success as we move forward in 2009.
Sound like a plan? Let’s do it!
I’m looking forward to the adventure.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. A special thank you to Dax Moy, author of The Magic Hundred, for reminding me to “stick with it” and inspiring me to write this post.