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Being a marathon runner, I can see so many parallels between goal setting and training for an endurance race.
You might be able to struggle through a 5k with little to no training but you can’t fake your way through a marathon, if you want to go far, you have to do the training.
You don’t have to train at a certain speed, but you do have to have a plan that will progress your level of fitness to the point that you can endure 26.2 miles of continuously moving forward.
You also have a set date of completion; race day is not flexible. What can be flexible is the days of the week you train and the time of day you train.
As a marathoner I apply these principle of training to my goal setting. I envision what the finish line will look like then snail pace it down into inches.
I allow the days and times I work on the goals to be flexible but I keep set bench marks in mind so that I can reach my completion targets on time.
Below are a list of my “race days” and my “snail pace” steps for 2013
1. Write and submit 1 guest post to a different blog each month
3. Book and attend 1 Bloggers Conference (This one is already done! I am going to BEECH retreat)
4. Sign up and begin implementing one new stream of income per season
5. Release an Ebook
6. Write a one week mini series each month
1. Encourage friend in training and running a 10K
2. Keep workouts to 1 hr per day 4 days a week, and 2 days of 1+ hours for long run and long bike ride when weather warms
3. Enter a 1/2 century bike ride
4. Enter a Sprint Tri
5. Concentrate on one aspect of better running form per month using Chi Running method
6. Get back to the weight where all my pants zip
7. Eat recommended servings of fruit and veggies per day
1. Plan one craft a month to do with Courtney
2. Train Thomas for a 10 k by fall and run one with him
3. Read the Hunger Games series with Aiden
4. Plan one fun event per week in the summer months of June and July
1. Plan a two night 3 day getaway with Jack over the summer.
2. Have a better weekly plan for his lunches
3. Continue spending one 1 to 2 hour stretch of time alone together each week and a longer 3+ hour time alone together once a month.
1. Try one new recipe per week
2. Read 24 books
3. Study the word steward, with God.
4. Attend a local knitting club and learn a few new stitches
5. Make a new outline for weekly schedule
1. Create time slot in my week to teach Thomas how to list on Ebay and have him sell off our no longer needed items (he will get to keep a large portion of the profits).
2. Create a monthly breakdown of items needed to be made each month for my Christmas season crafting sales, and stick to it.
Have you set goals for 2013? I would love to hear about them in the comments below.
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