A /White/ Flower with Goals

Goals are a funny thing.  Growing up my dad was constantly saying, “You gotta have goals!”  I can still hear him every time I come up with larger than life plans for my family or myself … “But what are your goals?  How are you going to make that happen?”  

I’m a Dreamer at heart, which is great for conjuring up new goals or plans or resolutions … but in the past I have been seriously lacking in the logistics department.  goalwithoutplanBut last year I stumbled upon Declare It Day.  Declaring your goals for the year – not a resolution (which generally don’t make it to Feb. 1) , not a half-hearted “maybe, someday, I hope so” kind of plan but a declaration.  10014565_10153164160146495_3238610582482033631_nThe difference, for me, was that I was forced to write my goals down … and was kept accountable by my Runner Girls!  Pretty much any successful person anywhere will tell you there’s no sense chasing a goal you can’t define.  Writing out my goals made it “real” – writing them out on an official Declaration made it fun to hang on my bathroom mirror {for a while …we’ll get back to that}.

Two of my fellow Runner Girls crushed their 2015 goals – Jen rocked her first marathon and ran 1000 miles last year despite major unexpected life changes. Photo Jan 18, 12 45 49 PMMelissa met her “aggressive” {so she thought} goal of 500 miles … on September 5! She joked that she wasn’t running another mile all year since she had met her goal :)  She did keep running, of course, including a half marathon and a 10K in addition to a couple hundred more training miles!  DID 15 MGMy goals?  One thing I learned is that my goals last year were too vague.  With the exception of my goal to run 500 miles, which I hit along with Melissa in September, the others felt more like wishes.  10986920_743312529117498_4854000789209960143_nSometime last summer, I had taken the Declaration off my bathroom mirror.  Why? Because I felt like I wasn’t hitting my goals fast enough or well enough … not doing enough to make them happen.  Suddenly, I didn’t want anyone else to know I thought I was failing.

Can I tell you a secret?  The only definitive way to fail is to give up.   I didn’t know it at the time, but when I took that paper off my mirror I gave up.  I had the best of intentions  – to continue on my own, without any accountability – then as soon as I felt accomplished I would share.  But … out of sight, out of mind, right?  dontgiveupAs the days turned into weeks, those other goals were forgotten.  Sure, I would occasionally come across the paper buried on the desk in my room as I was cleaning but mostly, they were forgotten.

This year I am getting declaring to set more focused goals, put a plan in place to achieve each one, and to leave that declaration on my bathroom mirror until they are all met!

Just a girl and her goal(s)! 2016 DIDWant to join me on February 6?  Everything you need to know is right {here}!  What will you declare?

Linking up with Marcia, Patty and Erika today for Tuesday’s On The Run … their features?  Best Expo Finds!!

6 thoughts on “A /White/ Flower with Goals

  1. I love this post! I think goal setting is so important to reach your dreams. If you don’t have a constant reminder, chances are it won’t get done.

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Thank you so much! I know writing down goals isn’t ground-breaking news, but you would think I’d have learned my lesson by now :) My first declaration will be to leave that goal sheet up for the entire year, regardless of which goals are getting met “on time” :)

  2. mkadens1 says:

    All the best reaching your declarations! I’m not a resolutioner and I’m actually quite poor at setting goals but this year I set some. Lose 10 lbs and get my half marathon time back under 2 hours. One is contingent on the other! My last goal has to do with swimming across an entire lake. I learned to swim and did my first tri last year but that lake freaks me out. Thanks for linking up!

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Marcia, I have *always* wanted to do a sprint tri, even before I started running half marathons, but the thought of swimming in open water terrifies me – so I totally get what you are saying about the lake! But I have followed your journey through marathon after marathon – I have no doubt you will swim across that lake with no problems :)

  3. HoHo Runs says:

    I’ve never like making New Year’s resolutions. I’m definitely intrigued by declarations, however. I’m late in making any plans for 2016 as I wanted to completed my first marathon (last weekend). Now I feel it’s time.

    1. Java & Sole says:

      That’s exactly what I love about Declare It Day! It’s not a “resolution” and isn’t tied to a New Year…I’ve had time to process what I want my 2016 to look like and these are the goals I’m setting out to accomplish, along with a PLAN to make it happen :) I would love for you to post your Declaration on Feb. 6!!

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