Monday, December 28, 2009

Goals shmoals

Tanji's goal: to accidentally lose shred the reindog coat.

My problem is that I tend to follow this approach to goals:

1. Define the goal.
2. Set a date when I want to have achieved that goal.
3. Go off and do something else, la la la.
4. Realize, with surprise, that it's the deadline date already and I haven't done a damn thing to prepare.

Sometimes I'll vary this theme, e.g. get started toward the goal, then get distracted by a BST and go off on a tangent.

This time, it's different. (Maybe I've learned something. Don't count on it.) By the end of the week, I'm going to run in a 5k. I'm not completely fit enough to run the whole way, but damn it, I'm going for it. It's a great way to start the year, and it's a way to get me prepared for reaching the ultimate goal. God willing, I will run another 5k later on in the year, and run the whole way. Smiling even.

I'm planning ahead for what I want to accomplish next year, exercise-wise, and breaking down the goals into mini-steps so that I'll have more of a chance to accomplish them.

Note: For a much better explanation of this goal-setting problem, see Cranky Fitness.

Exercise du jour: Walking, yoga


Dr. J said...

I'm worthless with goals :-)

I do however get it done on a daily basis, and over time, that works for me!

Tricia said...

I think the "how to" part of goal making is something most of us forget to plan out.

RockStarTri said...

I'm a firm believer in that "goals without plans are wishes." I also believe in paraphrasing Winnie the Pooh: "Unless you know where you are going (ie state a goal), you'll never know when you get there."

The best part of your blog today is the goal of smiling. I wish you the goal of celebrating your successes!

marie said...

I keep coming back just to see that poor dog dressed up as a reindeer :P

McB said...

Poor Tanji!

breaking down the goals is an EXCELLENT idea.

Best of luck with the 5k!

Crabby McSlacker said...

This is so simple but SO TRUE.

And, um, it's so true that I'm going to be stealing this idea and writing a post on it myself.

Good luck on the 5K!!!!!

The Merry said...

Idea thief! Tanji, after her before she takes the idea and ... oh. Too late. Oh well.

Thanks for the good wishes -- I'm really non-motivated right now, and it helps.

messymimi said...

You will accomplish this goal.

I believe in you.

Anonymous said...

You can do it!! Mini goals are an excellent way to reach the big goal!

Marste said...

Hey! I have that same approach! So I've decided that I will change that approach - by June 1st! Oh, look over there, la la la. Come get me when it's June! ;)