Since I started my new job just about two months ago, I’ve reevaluated my long term career goals. My personal goals are always evolving – I’m still attempting to run 12 races this year, I’m still trying to lose 20 lbs and eat cleaner, and I’ve still cut back A LOT on my mid week drinking.
One year goals:
Health goal: I work out 3 days/week in the morning and 1 day on the weekend by June 1. I run 12 races by December 2011 (so far I’ve run 2. Signed up for #3 and will be signing up for 4, 5, 6, and possibly 7 by the end of May with 8 and 9 planned for late 2011). I lose 20 lbs and maintain a healthy weight by eating healthy by December 2011.
Career goal: Take Calculus for Business/Humanities majors and score at least an 85 in it by August 2011. I score a 600+ on the GMAT by November 2011 and apply for business school by December 2011. I am involved in Social Media Club – DC by July 2011.
Personal goal: I save 10% of my paycheck into savings each month by September 2011. I call my grandparents 2 times/month by September 2011.
3-5 year goals
I run the NYC marathon finishing sub 4:30:00 by 2017. I practice yoga 3x per week and run 3x week by 2015. I attend a yoga retreat for one week by myself by April 2014.
I obtain my MBA in Marketing from University of Maryland graduating in the top of my class by June 2015. I work for a firm managing social media marketing in Washington DC by December 2015.
I buy a house or townhome in Annapolis with the husband by January 2016. I have paid off my credit card debt by December 2015.
I’ve always got my goals on the brain. Always. I’m always thinking of the next step, and always planning how to get to my destination and be the most sucesssful.
Best way to start setting awesome goals for yourself? Think SMART.
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Timely
Also, think BIG! Everyone should have a BHAG – a big hairy audacious goal. One that scares you. That you think you can’t obtain. Goals shouldn’t all be easy to come by and they should scare us. But they should also excite us and motivate us. Mine? I’m super excited. Super excited about applying to my MBA, about becoming financially secure with the husband and fixing all the errors of the past year of unemployment and under employment. Super excited about exploring our city and our life and hanging out with friends. In my humble opinion? Having concrete goals that are SMART give my life a purpose almost, remind me that I’m working towards something.
Speaking of, this week, I AM going to start blogging more about my fitness goals. Today hubs and I started Easter with a 2 mile run/walk – hubs is getting into the whole running thing and I figure starting out with basics isn’t a bad thing plus it’s more time we can spend together. This week we’re working out M, W, and F and Saturday and I WILL start posting what I’m eating. I think I need the accountability. I need to know that HEY! I’m going to post this, so let’s make sure I’m not just eating crap all week and not being all sloth like. So this, along with me faxing in my course sign up sheet tomorrow, is me working towards my goals and being accountable. Go me.