“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable”. ~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

How are you doing this year?  Specifically, how are you doing with the goals that you set out to accomplish this year?  Five months of this year are already behind us and if you are off track there is still time to make adjustments and bring it all home.

For me, I set some some very challenging goals for this year.  You can look at them here and also read some of the background about the creation of them: Jack’s Original Goals for 2009. So how am I doing?  I already have some mixed results.

Here again are my top five goals for the next twelve months:

  1. Health: I will return to my optimal bodyweight before the end of 2009.
  2. Family: My wife and I will  take our family to New York for a great vacation to celebrate my elder daughter’s completion of her graduate program.
  3. Business: I will blog 5 days per week – every week of 2009.
  4. Finances: I will earn more in 2009 than I ever have before – at least 25% more.
  5. Fun: I will run in the USA’s largest cross-country race: The Living History Farms Seven Miler.

Here is a quick recap:

Goal 1) This is a health focused goal – my largest challenge in the past decade.  It has now become impossible to achieve this goal in the remaining 7 months.  I need to look at what happened here, make adjustments and recommit (I have already done this, but I will explain what I did and what I am doing so you can see the process.  You won’t always get your goals done in the time that you originally allocate.  How you react when this happens is critical!)

Goal 2) This is a family and fun related goal.  We are well on track to making this goal happen.

Goal 3) This is a business related goal.  This is a complex goal – a seemingly simple task with multiple rewards and changes.  This goal cannot happen now although the results behind the goal are exceeding my expectations.  Again, I will adjust and show you what I am doing.

Goal 4) This is a finances or money goal.  I am certainly going to exceed this goal for the year.

Goal 5) This is a fun and health related goal.  I can achieve some of this goal – but not all of it.  We will talk about it.

Well, that is a new beginning for me.  How about for you?  Come back next time and see an example of what to do when you aren’t on track.

Till next time…Jack

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” ~Dale Carnegie