August 28, 2012 by Lisa RunFastMama
I participated in a very inspirational Twitter Chat last night with FitFluential and ViewSPORT. One of the questions asked was how often do you set/evaluate your goals? This really got me thinking and initially I thought of the big goals – the marathons, half-marathons and trips that go along with it. I didn’t think about the goals I set everyday, or the other “goals” outside of my running life.
Many moons ago, when it was just Hubby and I ,we used to sit down each January and plan goals for us as a couple, and then individually as well. This was prior to having a family, so time was much more abundant, or so it seemed. I would actually sit down with colored paper, markers and pictures to create my list for the year. Oh, how times have changed! I scoured the basement hoping to find an old version, but came up short. Personally I can recall a few from memory:
- Travel to Hawaii – still waiting
- Get a new vehicle that we purchase outright – on # 2 now
- Go to China – Done
- Go to Paris – Done
- Go to Italy – Done
- Have a vacation home – Done
I feel sad that we totally lost track of that, and need to make it a point that we all, kids included, sit down and document some goals. A few I will be adding to my list are:
- Run a full 26.2 – Planned
- Goofy Challenge 2013 – Planned
- Hawaii Trip and Half Marathon
- Reorganize and ReAllocate Retirement Investments
- Take Kids to Atlantis in Bahamas
I sense that I really want to travel more, lol. Seriously, this is an important exercise in everyone’s lives to document their dreams, and make them a reality.
On a smaller scale, we all set goals that get us through everyday. I know I do when I look at my running schedule, and make it a priority to follow it. I record my running data through DailyMile, but also I physically write it down in a special planner that I keep for this purpose alone. I have monthly calendars where I record, and circle, the miles I run as well as the pace. For me, it is pretty powerful not only to see what lies ahead, but to see what I have completed, on paper, in my own writing. I also set work goals, what needs to be done during the day at work and at home. I have not lost sight of these goals, as they are just a part of my life, but I was glad to get the reminder last night not to forget about my bigger goals and dreams and to document them – that is the first step in making them a reality.
How do you track your goals and dreams to make them happen?