success-is-no-accidentNew Month, New Goals

February is finally here, which means winter is coming to a close and spring is just around the corner. It’s time to review those first quarter plans for 2017, and set new goals for the month to stay on track towards the big picture.

January was not easy. I didn’t get to finish reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but I’m getting close, and I spent more money than I liked to have, which set my investments behind.

But a few good things came from January. I became a full-fledged vegan for a month now, I started investing into my own shoe reselling business, and I ran 10k on the treadmill.

I’m making my way towards my goals at a slow pace, but moving towards my goals nonetheless. I get stronger with every run. I get stronger with every lift. I just need to keep my sights set on the prize and go get it.

In February, I would like to:

  • Squat 185lbs for four sets of 12, 10, 8, 6 repetitions.
  • Run 10k at least once a week until my race in March (which I still need to sign up for)
  • Sign up for an official 10k race in March
  • Finish Harry Potter 4 and read two other books, The Intelligent Investor, and a novel
  • Sell all my old stuff

Slow And Steady

Most of these goals are measurable, which makes it easier to analyze and plan my progress. Squatting 185 can easily be tracked. I can see exactly what I need to be able to lift in the upcoming weeks in order to earn a 37% gain in strength by the end of this month. That’s asking a lot, but even if I work myself up to 165lbs, a 22% gain in strength, I’m still slowing making gains towards a stronger athletic body. The key to fitness and nutrition is consistency, and using a measurable goal to encourage steady progress can be the difference that turns a hobby into a habit.

I can already accomplish running a 10k. However, once I finish I’m exhausted. My knees heat up. I feel pain in my shins. I’m completely drained of energy. I couldn’t imagine completing a half marathon, but it’s a goal of mine. Heck, a full marathon is my end goal—and people have done it. People do it all the time. I can do it too, if I set my mind to it. Which is why I’m setting my mind to practicing to achieve a better time on my 10k. I want to be a strong vegan athlete, and finishing a race is a badge of honor that tells me that I’m moving towards that goal.

My goal to read three books this month will be tough, considering the books on my reading list are pretty big. Reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire should be fairly easy, especially since I enjoy every minute of it, but it’s taking longer than I initially anticipated. But I feel guilty as a literature and writing graduate to have never read the series, so I’m taking the time to read them now. Thankfully, I’ve never seen the movies either, so the story hasn’t been spoiled at all.

Once I complete book four, I’ll take a break and read nonfiction technical material to increase my knowledge of stuff. Being a well-rounded reader and writer involves reading both nonfiction and fiction material, so my goal is to complete at least one of each every month. I eventually want to get into the habit of reading and entire book at least once a week, which would allow me to read 52 books a year, which is a lot of information.

Less Stuff, More Focus

My last goal to sell all my old stuff is because I want to be a minimalist. I have too much stuff collecting dust, so it’s time to free physical and mental space, and say goodbye to all the stuff I don’t use.

By the end of the month, I will be closer towards my goals. The more I grind now, the easier life becomes later down the road. So I have to keep my head up, move steadily towards my goals, and have faith that the sacrifices I’ve made are for the best. After all, life is a marathon not a sprint.

Blog #020