First, my apologies for the lapse in posts! I was overwhelmed by the response for my last post about poop and wasn’t exactly sure how to top that… So, in the spirit of topping past accomplishments, I think it’s the perfect time to talk about goal setting.
I’m a big believer in reflecting on your past accomplishments and missed opportunities to become a better human. That’s why I take the time to reflect at the end of each year to count my blessings in life and to identify areas where I want to do better. Last year’s reflection led to my foray into triathlon, and I am so grateful that I took on the challenge of completing my first race because it led me to a love of the sport, and to so many new friends (yeah, that includes you, Anxious Reader!). So this year I decided to take it up a notch and do a goal setting session specifically for triathlon.
I asked myself what I had accomplished this year, and what I wanted to accomplish next year. I asked what I had in my corner that would help me reach my goals, and I asked what was standing in my way. I wrote down some specific numbers I’d have to hit in order to reach my goals, and I drafted a game plan to make those goals a reality. I did this all with a margarita in hand. I find it helps add an optimistic view to all of this reflection.
So what are my goals for 2016? I’m going to podium at my first race of the season. I will complete an Olympic distance triathlon. I’m going to raise money for charity through my racing. I will continue sharing what I learn- the good and the bad- with my awesome readers and Instagram family.
With that last goal in mind, I’ve made you a present, wonderful reader. It’s a printable 2016 Goal Setting Worksheet. Use it to reflect and dream, then to help turn your dreams into reality. Remember to be strong about stating your goals- no “I want to…” or “I would like to.” Commit by saying “I will!” Share your goals with me in the comments, over on Instagram @annieappy, or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m here to cheer you on and answer the questions you’re afraid to ask.
Oh, and in case you also like to goal set with a margarita in hand, here’s my favorite recipe:
1/2 fresh orange, juiced
1 whole lime, juiced
1 tsp agave syrup
1.5 ounces silver tequila
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker over ice and shake until very cold. Strain into a festive glass. Salt optional.