Setting a goal is the first step to achieving it
In 2008, I said I’d run a marathon. On March 31 that year, I did.
In 2009, I said I’d experience natural childbirth (read: no epidural or pain medication). On April 29 that year, I did.
In 2010, I said I’d make my side freelance business my full-time endeavor. On January 1 that year, I did (okay, I guess that means I must have said so in late 2009, but I’m not splitting hairs here). (More on those first three goals here.)
In 2011, I said I’d do that whole natural childbirth thing all over again, though this time I would insist the baby not be premature. On April 28 that year, barely past the 37-week/full-term mark, I did.
The common theme in all the goals I have set and met in recent years both personally and professionally is that I’ve shared my plan with others. I find that it’s much harder to not go through with something once I’ve broadcasted it to friends, family and colleagues.
Sooooo, in 2012, I am saying I will write a book. There, now that I’ve said it and shared it with my blog readers (and Facebook fans), it will surely happen. I’m not promising it will be published or that it will be a best seller — my marathon time wasn’t much to be proud of — but a finisher medal is all I’m going for to start. Wish me luck.
What are your goals this year?