I was driving to work the other day listening to the radio and the hosts of the show were talking about the upcoming year and some resolutions they were thinking about making. They mentioned the usual ones.

Getting fit.

Being more happy.

Losing weight.

Giving more.

Be more awesome.

Ok. But how do you measure those things? It’s easy to say you’re going to do something like “lose weight” but it’s even easier to get discouraged when there is no plan or goal in place to help you get there.

So, instead of making resolutions this year, I am going to set some goals and then take some time to map out a plan to help me achieve these goals. What am I going to do day in and day out to help me get to the place I want to be? Who am I going to get to keep me accountable along the way? Who is going to jump on me when I’m not following the plan and who am I going to celebrate with when the plan is working?

You see, a resolution is statement but a goal is a milestone.

So far for 2011 I have several goals in mind. I haven’t nailed down the final list yet, but this is a good start. I want to set some lofty goals but make sure I narrow the focus so I don’t spread myself too thin.

Here’s my list so far.
1. Augusta Half Ironman. (September 25, 2011)
2. 175lbs at race day. (September 25, 2011)
3. Write a book.
4. Commit to memory 300 scriptures.
5. Eat out once a week.
6. Have a specific amount in savings.
7. …

That’s all I have so far. Like I said, just the beginning of the storm I plan to create with my brain.

What about you? What are your goals for 2011?

Drink coffee. Ride a bike. Live.


(That’s right. I’m a middle school pastor. Pretty cool, right?)