2018, By the Numbers

2018I recently read that only 3% of New Year’s Resolutions are accomplished. The world seems to be catching on and making fun of the arbitrary practice. That said, I firmly believe in setting goals. Easy ones and challenging ones. Short-term and long-term. Personal and professional. Physical and mental. Serious and fun.

Here are a few of my 2017 accomplishments:

  • Complete a self-defense program
  • Run a 5K and 10K, both nonstop
  • Create a budget, save an emergency fund, and pay off debt (read more here)
  • Learn to cook healthier options for my family
  • Take our boys whitewater rafting and horseback riding on our family vacation
  • Submit my paperwork for commissioning

When I reach a goal, I feel such a sense of empowerment. I put my mind to something and I did it. I overcame the obstacles, the naysayers, and the voices in my own head and I did it. Setting goals and reaching them is liberating, motivating, and satisfying all at once. It’s a rush and one of the greatest gifts I can give myself. Each goal I reach spurs me on to set a loftier goal the next time. It’s truly addictive.

So here are my goals for 2018:

  • 2, the number of debts I plan to pay off
  • 13.1, the number of miles I plan to run, non-stop
  • 26, the number of books I plan to read
  • 104, the number of blog posts I plan to write
  • 500, the number of total miles I plan to run

And beyond:

  • 1, the number of original works I plan to write and try to get published
  • 4, the number of total debts I plan to pay off

What are your goals? Accomplished or upcoming?

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