Friday, February 07, 2014
I probably should have made my first goal to be "Write a list of 101 Goals" because from when I first read about the idea it took me about 2 weeks to finally sit down and write my goals...I even knocked off a couple before I got a chance to write them down so I had to replace them with others!
What am I talking about? Well, I have been researching and trying to learn about setting and obtaining financial goals this year and in doing so I came across this article:
At first, although I liked the idea, I thought it was too big of a project. 101 and one goals! I thought I would just let go of the idea or put a pin in it for a while but I found, as the days went on that my mind just kept going back to the idea.
The past few weeks have been a bit hard for me. I got a cold that zapped all of my energy but the real thing that happened was that I had a loss in my life. I have not chosen to write about it yet because it is deep and painful but I will write soon about it I think...when I am ready. Basically, my person died. Out side of my family here, I had one person in my whole world who meant the very most to me, my dear Uncle and he has now died after a relatively short battle with cancer. So I am dealing with that.
These two things have made me quite inactive and I have watched my time at home here just kind of slip away with out doing a whole lot of anything. I have probably needed it but still. I am ready to at least get moving and doing again. I know my Uncle would have wanted that anyway. He always wanted the best for me.
So...I decided that I want to progress in life. I want to/need to do things and goal setting has ALWAYS worked for me in the past but outside of when I was starting out in the culinary world I have never set concrete dates to things. I really have started to like this 101 Goal idea. Just under three years is a fairly long time and yet not so long that I feel like I will never get there. I will be on my way to fifty in that time and how great to have accomplished 101 goals and to see where that leads me before I am fifty. Si I did it.
I sat down today and started with number one thinking it might take me days to actually write my list but actually I just did it. It is not to say that I cannot do other things in that time but it is to say that I have 101 concrete goals that I should be able to accomplish in 1001 Days. The start day is today Feb 7 2014 and the end day is Nov 4 2016. They are both such nice dates. I like it.
I put a mix of things down in no particular order. Perhaps I may put order and categories to them at some point but maybe not. It is a mix of things but one thing I did not do was put dates to be done by except for one item...I still have not gotten my brothers children gifts for this past Christmas (both he and I put it off for our own reasons) so I do have that to be done by the end of this month. Other than that some of the things clearly are to be done once a month and I succeed or once a year even depending. Some of my things will take time and some of my things will be a one shot deal...done in a day. Some are easy, some are more challenging but all of them are doable however some, I have to admit are a reach. But isn't that what goal setting is about?
My range of categories is from career, family, fun to long term financial goals to "what if I tried this" kind of a thing. I did not set any weight goals but I set some exercise goals. No having to do something or other 3 x a week type of a thing because in 1001 days if I fail at one week and that is a goal I fail right away. Rather than that I set goals like how many road races I would like to run or how long I would like to hold a plank. One I did set that had a specific number of days is I would like to exercise 101 days in a row. I have been on the 100 Days of Exercise team and have never yet gotten to the finish line...that will be accomplished in my 1001 days at some point.
I won't bore you with my whole list but I will share with you along the way as to what I get ticked off. I really love this idea and I think it will help me realize my current potential as well as help me to explore some of my life long dreams. I thought I would share the idea with you in case it sparks something in you too!