I’ve had a love/hate relationship with New Years Resolutions for a number of years now.
For most of my life, I really thought the idea of making resolutions was ridiculous. My thought had always been that deciding to do something positive for your life/health was too important to wait for a new year to begin. Also, there is a lot more pressure to keep your resolutions than there is to continue the good habits you decided to implement on a random day in April, July, October, or whenever else you decided to start.
So instead of waiting for a new year to get started, why not focus on bettering yourself every day?
But recently, I’ve kind of embraced the idea of starting a new year fresh, which for me includes setting some big resolutions. I think a big key to a successful resolution is to make sure it’s something that is specific and measurable. So instead of saying I want to run more this year, I think it’s much more effective to pick a target number for the year and make several smaller targets to keep me on track throughout the year. Same logic applies if you’re trying to lose weight, eat better, exercise more, or run more races.
(FYI-None of those options are neither specific or measurable.)
If you pick a specific target and create a detailed plan to chip away at it over the course of the year, you’ll be giving yourself the best chance of success possible.
My Resolutions for 2015
I’ve got a number of resolutions planned for this year, and after my pitiful performance with last year’s resolutions, I’ve also got some extra motivation to be successful. Last year I pretty much dropped the ball on all of my resolutions, but I’m ready to get this year started and get myself back on track (both with the business and in my personal life) starting today!
- Yearly Mileage–This year, the target for my mileage is 1200 miles. Last year I bit off a little more than I could chew (1500 miles) between having the baby, dealing with a couple of minor injuries, and just being burnt out after almost no time off from running in the past 3 years. After taking the last month and a half almost completely off, I’m itching to get back out there and start logging some miles again, starting today!
- A Busy Blog–2015 is going to be a busy year here on the blog. The goal is to have a new post go live every day this year. Believe me, this is one I’m a little nervous about, but I know it’s possible. I am going to be realistic though. If something happens and I miss a day, I’m not going to view that as a complete failure and throw in the towel. Instead, a missed day will be just that, one missed day and nothing more. But make sure you’re checking the blog regularly, or better yet, go ahead and add the blog’s RSS feed to your reader so you don’t miss a post!
- Become a Book Worm–I’ve always enjoyed reading, yet too often I fail to make time to read regularly. This year, I’m going to make finding time to read a priority. The target is 30 books, with a mix of titles from a variety of topics/genres. I’ll be reading some business books, running books, fiction, and anything else that sounds appealing. If you’ve got suggestions for books that I should consider, please leave a comment with the book title or titles at the bottom of this post.
- Speaking Tour–Probably my biggest goal for 2015 is to start doing some public speaking. I’ve spoken a couple of times at some local networking functions, and I’d love to do more of that, but I’m really wanting to get some gigs speaking at other events, such as race expos, conventions, or even in corporate events and industry conferences. I’ve got a number of topics that can be customized for any group/audience, and I can’t wait to get started!
- Improve My Webinars–While I can’t wait to get rolling with my public speaking, I’m definitely going to keep working on my presentation skills throughout 2015 whether I’ve got an in person audience or a virtual one. I started hosting weekly webinars in October and I am going to continue that in 2015–only I’m going to make them even better! Every time I host one of my webinars, I learn something I can do to provide more information, explain something more clearly, and make sure that the webinars are as valuable as possible. If you haven’t joined me for my weekly webinars designed to help you become a better runner yet, I’d love to have you jump on the next one. My webinars happen every Tuesday, at 9 PM EST.
- Organize a Virtual Running Summit–I’m working on putting together an online summit for runners with presentations from a variety of experts to help runners of all levels improve. Details are still sketchy, but here is what I have penciled in so far–2 presentations each day. 5 days straight. The ability to watch each presentation free of charge. There are a lot more ideas I have floating around in my head, but this is the starting point. If you want more information about the summit as it becomes available, sign up here to receive updates.
- Continue to Help Runners Improve–Helping my fellow runners improve is what I’m most looking forward to this year. Obviously, I am going to do everything I can to help my coaching clients and my training plan clients to reach their goals and see marked improvements, but more than that I just want to help as many people as possible. Over the course of this year, many of my posts will offer tips and tricks to help runners get faster, reduce injuries, and just find more enjoyment in the sport that I (we) love. I am always willing to offer my professional insights, or just friendly advice, to anyone that asks. So if I can help you in any way, whether you’re a paying client or not, please don’t hesitate to contact me today!
It Has Begun!
It’s going to be a busy 2015, but I’m really excited to get started on my resolutions for 2015!
Whether you’re the kind of person that is into making resolutions or not, I hope that your 2015 is amazing!
Now that you know what I’ve got in store for myself, I’d love to hear what your resolutions/plans/goals are for this year.
Do me a favor and leave me a comment below letting me know what you’ve got up your sleeve!