Every year I set big crazy goals. I write them down. I tell my family and friends. I promise myself and others that I’m going to accomplish all of them and set out on January 1st bound and determined to reach them.
And every year I fall short of meeting my goals.
I get distracted. I lose focus. Life gets in the way.
Sometimes I stop believing in myself, I stop thinking that I can accomplish those big crazy goals and I quit.
Here’s an example.
Last year I wrote eight e-books. I published two of them but six of them sit in an Evernote file unedited and unpublished. They are all about 80% done. It’s not that I’m too lazy to finish them or that I got distracted by other projects (as often happens.) It’s just that self-doubt has crept in making me wonder if they are even good enough to publish. Ridiculous, huh?
I’m tired of unfinished projects, unaccomplished goals and ending the year looking back thinking about all of the things that I didn’t do. I’m tired of setting goals that I can’t accomplish. I’m tired of setting big goals without taking the time to break them down into smaller, more manageable goals and action steps.
If that sounds familiar then here’s where we can help each other out.
I’d love to have you join me as part of a small, private Facebook group where our focus is on setting goals, talking about our goals and then supporting the group as we all reach toward our goals in 2016.
Maybe your goal is to learn how to play the fiddle. I want to hear about it!
Are you going to run a half marathon? Let our group cheer you along the virtual race course.
Maybe your goal is to learn how to make strawberry jam. I’d love to have you tell me about it.
Maybe your goal is to learn how to speak Russian. Or to lose 20 pounds. Or to start a blog. Or save $2,000 to take a debt-free vacation. Or to take your kids on a hike once a week. Or to finish your degree. Or just to make your bed every single day.
The point of the group is to share our common experiences as we strive to better ourselves in 2016. We might have 2 people in the group, or we might have 200. The number isn’t important. What’s important is supporting each other as we reach our goals. To join the goal-setting group all you gotta do is click here, it won’t cost you a single thing. It’s just an extension of the awesome Hike Like A Woman community that we already have.
So, in the spirit of transparency and to kick this thing off right here are my goals for 2016 and a few deadlines and action steps that I’m giving myself.
Increase the Hike Like A Woman monthly unique visits to 10,000 and increase the Moms Who Hike monthly unique visits to 7,500 by Dec 31, 2016.
I plan to do this by creating an editorial calendar (by January 15th) and setting up a more regular blogging schedule. I’m also going to try out this social media strategy. I also plan to produce more video and add two blog segments to my weekly lineup called Hiker Snacks & Hiker Hacks by February 1st.
Edit, publish & launch the following e-books.
- Pregnant Pathways (March 1st)
- Boots & Babies (April 1st)
- Trails & Toddlers (May 1st)
- Preschoolers & Peaks (June 1st)
- Simply Snowshoeing (October 1st)
- How to Cross-Country Ski (November 1st)
I plan to do this by setting aside 45 minutes (from 6:30-7:15 am) of uninterrupted time every weekday morning where my only focus will be on editing and publishing e-books. I won’t check email, write blog posts, schedule social media updates or work on anything Just Trails related. No open web browsers, nothing but focused writing and editing.
Get to know my neighbors.
We’ve lived in our neighborhood for over a year but I still don’t know my neighbors. I know a few of their names but I really don’t know them. I’m going to be a catalyst for change in my neighborhood. I’m going to find a convenient and non-awkward time to learn more about my neighbors, meet their kids and pets and then be better at saying “hi” and waving when I see them.
I’m going to read or listen to (thanks, audible) one non-outdoorsy book/month. Here’s my list.
- January: The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers by Dr. Meg Meeker
- February: The Revenue Growth Habit: The Simple Art of Growing Your Business by 15% in 15 Minutes Per Day by Alex Goldfayn
- March: The Compass and The Nail: How the Patagonia Model of Loyalty Can Save Your Business, and Might Just Save the Planet by Craig Wilson
- April: The Go-Getter by Peter B. Kyne
- May: Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
- June: Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander
- July: ’Unfinished Business’ by Anne-Marie Slaughter
- August: ’Misbehaving’ by Richard Thaler
- September: The Legend of the Monk & the Merchant by Terry Felber
- October: One Question by Ken Coleman
- November: ‘Leadership BS’ by Jeffrey Pfeffer
- December: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
So there you have it, my goals for 2016. Now I want to know yours! If you’re setting goals for yourself and looking for some accountability come join us on the Summit (or goal-setting and accountability group), where the discussion on becoming better versions of ourselves will continue.
Cheers! Here’s to a happy, healthy and productive 2016!
What goals do you have for 2016?
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