My goals were met with massive failure in 2015. And I only had two.
The first was to run 2,015 miles... let's not even talk about it. The second was to read 30 novels. I read... 11. GAH, really?! Yes, really, I just counted. Boo.
I took the approach of picking large, but otherwise arbitrary numbers and trying to meet them by doing a lot of two things I like. Quotas, basically, that I thought meeting would make me happy. Maybe our goals and our happiness shouldn't be tied after all.
This year, I'm taking a completely different approach. No more quotas. Ok, one. But instead, write down really big goals- goals that would be a pretty crazy stretch, and then keep them in the back of my mind. Working towards them, but not being a slave to the goal.
For example, I like running. I like training for and running races. Running a few marathons would be fun and I would be happy if I could actually do that, but "run 5 marathons" is a terrible and arbitrary goal.
I made 11 goals total, but I only am going to share 8 of them. Here goes.
(1) Do a 30-day run streak
Totally inspired by the podcast... I can't do this in January, or probably even in the next few months before my marathon, as I can't risk hurting my ankle, but I think this might be a good strategy for getting on a running habit after marathon training is over. The reason for this goal is because I rarely do something every day. I don't have daily habits really, so why not start somewhere?
(2) Run a 50-minute 10k
(3) Run a 24-minute 5k
(4) Run a 6 minute mile
The 6-minute mile is the loftiest goal on this list. I've been wanting to improve my 10-k time for a couple of years, and I'm just now starting to run 5-k's. I don't think I could actually get to a 6:00 mile this year, but... positive thinking. These are performance goals. They give me something to focus on other than long distances every once in a while.
(5) Run a sub 4:00 marathon
Safest goal on the list? Maybe. Not because it's easy. Just because it's not that far off from previous performance. I don't know that I'll be able to go in better trained for the Lincoln Marathon than I did for LA, but I'm definitely going to try. I haven't actually set a race goal yet. The goal I set for the race will be independent of this sub-4:00 goal for the year.
(6) Run a 50 mile race
NO, I'm not psycho. The next distance after a 50-k is a 50-miler so it only makes sense I would want to do one! I have some dream 50-milers lined up, stay tuned. ;) This goal is about staying healthy and focused.
(7) Start swimming for exercise
This should technically be the safest goal on the list because I can just go do this any time. This goal is all about stepping out of my comfort zone.
(8) Read 20 novels, including the 8 that I own and haven’t read
Yes, I know this is a "quota-goal" but hear me out! I have 8 novels on my bookshelf I haven't read. I keep buying new ones or checking out books from the library. I need to get through one list before I start another one. This goal is all about patience, of which I am generally lacking.
I would be lying if I said that podcast didn't inspire me... Not in the goals that I set but how I decided on them. I think 11 is too many goals. But I contend none of them are back-up goals! They're all real! I am very sure I am overestimating what I can accomplish this year, but why hold myself back?