- Say "Aaaaahhhh"--Time for the Annual Checkup
- December 31st, 2010
Back in the yonder of January 2009, I posted a list of goals. It's been a while, and I've been busting my tail on some of those and several other self-improvements. So it's time for an annual check-up. Let's see how I did, and what the plan is for the coming lap. (This is my list from 2009. I've checked off any of those that I've accomplished with an 'X'.)
Sean's Goals for 2009
_X_Eliminate Credit Card Debt
_X_Pay Off Student Loans
_X_Run a 5K race in less than 20 minutes
__Run a 10+ mile race
__Get in shape:
__X___Weigh 135 lbs
_____Bench 150 lbs
__X___Size 29 waist
__Finish and submit 6 short stories
__Finish Glimmerfolk (novel)
So, it looks like I was able to get about half of those goals accomplished. I have run more than 10 miles at once, but not in a race, so I'm leaving that one unchecked. I can't bench the weight of my own breath, so that still needs a good hard look. And while my abs are a lot better than they were, they aren't what I would call 'defined.'
My writing has been a mediocre effort, at best, which is untenable. I finished and submitted one (read:1) short story in the last two years, and that was in the last month. I didn't work on Glimmerfolk much at all. That is unacceptable.
Of course, mid-way through these goals, I was distracted by another self-improvement project: recognizing that I was an alcoholic and choosing to do something about it over this past year. That has been another success. But this isn't a thorough list of my accomplishments, just a look at how I did on goals I set for myself two years back.
So, what do I intend to do about it? After all, tomorrow's another year. There's always room for improvement, right? Yep:
Sean's Goals for 2011
__Run eight races
__Run a half-marathon sub-1:30
__Run a marathon
__Get in shape:
_____Maintain 135 lbs weight
_____Maintain size 29 waist
_____Bench 135 lbs
__Finish and submit 4 short stories
__Finish Magi (novel)
I'm trying to make these goals a little more realistic, based on how I did with the 2009 goals. There are slightly fewer, for one thing. (Also, I'm not counting the two maintenance goals as potential achievements, more as a baseline for other improvement factors.) Second, they are slightly less reaching--benching 135, not 150; finish and submit 4 stories, not 6, so I have more of my focus on completing this decade plus novel project.
Most importantly, these are goals that I want to reach because I want to achieve these things. They aren't arbitrary; these are milestones and accomplishments tied up in the definition of who I am, who I want to be. 2011 needs to be a year when I try to make my life more of what I want it to be, and less a year when I let myself drift along in the current of life. I grew up by the ocean: driftwood never chooses its own beach.
So, a toast for 2011--one with spirit, though not with spirits: Let us make this a year in which we truly strive toward our potential, despite the pitfalls and pratfalls that we will certainly find in our path.
That being said... On your mark! Get set! GO!