So here it is….My big hairy 2012 goal post.
Frankly, I dread writing these types of posts each year. I dread them, because it creates an opportunity for failure.
I like to think of myself as successful. But when I publicly declare a long list of goals – it means that I might fail. Even worse, I’ll fail in front of everyone.
Kind of a pessimistic way to start huh? (Maybe I should set a goal to be positive this year!)
In reality though, success isn’t that you never fail. Success is when your failures drive you forward. Making the same mistake over and over is failure. Learning from those failures and moving forward is success.
My Goals For 2012
I’ve tried to make each of these SMART goals. SMART goals are:
Setting a goal to “get in shape” isn’t a SMART goal. Setting a goal to lose 10 pounds by June 1, 2012 is a SMART goal. It’s specific – I can measure my progress – It’s attainable – It’s relevant – It has a deadline.
Run My First Marathon – In 2011, I ran my first half-marathon. After finishing it I decided that I wanted to take on the challenge of running the full next year. I’ve already signed up for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 29, 2012. 26.2 – I’m coming for you!
Run 1,000 Miles in 2012 – After doing the half-marathon last year I slacked off on my running big-time. Because of that, it was a pain to get back into the groove once I started running again. This year I want to keep pounding out the miles each week even after I finish the marathon – 19.2 miles per week.
Lose 20 Pounds Before the Marathon – You’ve got to have the token weight loss goal right? Well I’ve convinced myself that this isn’t just a standard weight loss goal. It is part of my marathon training. I’m thinking that there’s no way I would run the race carrying a 20 pound dumbbell. So why not lose 20 pounds before the race? It should make it that much easier right?
Have At Least 2 Date Nights Per Month – Becoming parents of twin boys in 2011 rocked our world. It touched every part of our life. Unfortunately in all of the hubbub of taking care of two babies, our regular date nights fell to the wayside. This year I want to make sure that we get at least 2 nights out of the house each month. No babies allowed.
Spend Quality Time With My Boys Every Day – I can’t believe that Ian and Noah are already 5 months old! Time goes by so fast. This next year, I want to make sure that each and every day I set aside time to spend with my family.
Pay Off $15,000 of Debt – 15 grand would pretty much knock out all of our debt. We’ve been slowly chipping away at this for a while. But, I’m tired of slowing chipping away at it. I’m setting a goal this year to reduce our debt by $1,250 each month. Right now, we don’t have an extra $1,250 per month so this goal is contingent on the next goal.
Earn $30,000 From My Side Gigs – A few weeks ago I announced that I had joined the Online Money Bloggers 30k challenge. The goal is to generate $30,000 in revenue from online gigs be the end of 2012. This is a HUGE goal for me. This will be incredibly difficult. But, if I can achieve it the rewards are well worth it.
Reach 250 Feed Subscribers – I’ve been stuck at about 30 subscribers for a couple of months now. I get a lot of search engine traffic on this site, but the majority of those do not convert into subscribers. I’m setting a goal this year to increase my subscriber count more than 8 fold.
Reach 500 Twitter Followers – When I started my twitter account I made the decision that I wasn’t going to play the game of following a bunch of random people so they would follow me back to increase my follower count. I want to grow my followers from 116 that I have today to 500. That’s 500 real followers. No gaming the numbers.
Reach 500 Facebook Fans – Same thing as with my twitter account. I would love to see PFW’s facebook community grow from 85 to 500 people.
Produce 150 New Posts – Content is king. I know that I need to continually produce compelling content if I want this site to grow. 150 posts – 3 posts per week – in 2012.
Attend FINCON12 in Denver – I have never been to any type of blogging conference. FINCON12 is scheduled for September 6th – 9th in Denver, Colorado. It would be amazing to be able to go and meet a lot of the people that I have interacted with over the last several months.
One Final Goal
It’s a bit scary to see all of these goals written down. But, it will also serve as motivation to press towards the finish.
My final goal for the year is to be able to write a positive reflection on 2012 in December. Rather than allowing this post to cause anxiety. I want it to serve as a reminder of what can be accomplished when you set big goals and push forward with everything that you have.
Hey! Why don’t you start my new year off right?