Well, that was an interesting year! No matter what happened, 2008 was the best year of my life ever. Now it's time for 2009 to claim that title.
I fell down on my 2008 goals. September 2008 came around, put its foot in my ass, and I just stopped dead in my tracks. I stopped tracking my spending to the penny. Everything stopped.
It's really not important what happened. I'm fairly clear on what happened and what I need to do to breakthrough that block. (This post at MuscleHack.com gives a bit of insight on what that process looks like.) The first order of business is to post my 2009 goals here, for the world to see. Next, I plan to post them everywhere within my daily life, so that I remain present to them. Then I'll share them with people close to me, as I already have with my coaching partner, so that the people I most care about, and who most care about me, can hold me accountable to those goals.
Needless to say, I'm feeling some stress around some of these, in particular the first goal on the list of regular goals. Oh man, what have I gotten myself into!
Business: Finish writing e-book by 9 Jan 2009. Publish by 16 Jan 2009.
Business: Make 3 contacts during Money:Tech 2009 (6 Feb 2009).
Personal: Ride a blue trail by 31 March 2009.
Professional: Find and accept an offer for an awesome new career opportunity by 31 March 2009 (end of 1Q2009).
Fitness: Achieve 10% body fat by 31 Mar 2009 (end of 1Q2009).
Fitness: 25 dips, full extension, full body weight by 31 Mar 2009 (end of 1Q2009).
Personal: Cook 1 meal per week by 30 Jun 2009 (end of 2Q2009).
Business: Finish unwinding my real estate partnership by 30 Jun 2009 (end of 2Q2009).
Fitness: 1 hr of cardio on the Precor EFX 556 in interval mode by 30 Jun 2009 (end of 2Q2009).
Fitness: 10 wide grip pull ups, full body weight, by 30 Jun 2009 (end of 2Q2009).
Personal: Save $15,000 for house down payment by 30 Sep 2009 (end of 3Q2009).
Personal: Read 1 book per month (12 total) by 31 Dec 2009.
Personal: Accumulate $30,000 in emergency funds by 31 Dec 2009.
Personal: Achieve $90,000 in net worth by 31 Dec 2009.
Personal: Pay AmEx down to $0.00 by 31 Dec 2009.
Fitness: Achieve a visible sixpack by 30 Sep 2009 (end of 3Q2009).
Personal: Achieve $150,000 in net worth by 31 Dec 2009.
Personal: Read 1 book per week (52 total) by 31 Dec 2009.
Fitness: Achieve 8% body fat by 31 Dec 2009.
Fitness: Chest press 200 lbs for 15 reps by 31 Dec 2009.
Fitness: 1 hr of cardio on Precor EFX 556 in hill climb mode by 31 Dec 2009.
Personal: Accumulate $50,000 in emergency funds by 31 Dec 2009.
Looking at the list of stretch goals, in particular, scares me. I mean, I feel tension and fear around those and my chances of achieving them. That lets me know that they are well chosen and will push me. I'm thinking that I should spend more time pursuing the stretch goals, and by doing so, I will likely achieve many of my regular goals as a matter of course.
So there you go. It's time to get started!