Setting goals is not always about achieving goals. Sometimes the doing is the thing.
At the beginning of 2016 I set 8 goals because I was into setting goals as a mental exercise.
Typically you would have one or two goals that you would consistently work towards, but I decided to make a longer list, with some safer goals and some stretch goals.
I didn't revisit my list of goals, but I was conscious that it was there and what some of them were. I admittedly forgot about some of them. Oops.
(1) Do a 30-day run streak - I didn't do this
(2) Run a 50-minute 10k - Didn't quite get there. But I didn't race a 10k.
(3) Run a 24-minute 5k - Not sure what I was thinking... I did this in 2015.
(4) Run a 6 minute mile - Nope again, but I set a mile PR of 6:45.
(5) Run a sub 4:00 marathon - Ummm, no again. 4:09 was my 2016 marathon.
(6) Run a 50 mile race - Jesus... no, I didn't run a 50 mile race.
(7) Start swimming for exercise - HAHAHA no again
(8) Read 20 novels, including the 8 that I own and haven’t read - I think I read 7.
There's a point to all this. I literally didn't meet ANY of my goals. But knowing they were there pushed me to try harder in all areas. I could have set one goal and focused all my energy towards it, but that's completely not enjoyable for me. I like to spread my energy around and do lots of different things. That's probably why I'm not great at anything, but decent at a lot of things.
Things I accomplished that weren't goals.
I literally mastered Sudoku. (Like, there's no Sudoku I can't solve.)
I ran a marathon with my sister.
I finally moved out of Los Angeles.
I mustered to courage to leave my fucked up marriage.
I shot a handful of pistol matches.
I also ran a trail half marathon and a trail 25k.
Hey, those are all pretty cool! Go me. ;)