As we tick into a new year, the inevitable talk of resolutions abounds. I’m not one for resolutions, but I do like to set goals, get them aired; getting them aired seems to give them more weight and make me more accountable; and work towards them. If I look back on last year's goals, its fair to say they didn’t all get smashed. Some did, some got removed from the list and replaced with other new goals and some changed into something different as the journey developed and evolved – I didn’t get any work published but I did get on BBC radio and television and have my endurance challenges and coaching featured in other press. But the list, it’s purpose and the ownership I have of seeing that list come to fruition framed my year and gave me structure.
Last year, for the first time I encouraged Boy Child here at The Endurance Department Towers to put a list of goals together, to give him some goals to work towards and some means of pushing and motivating himself. This year he asked if he could write a new list, and so too has the list writing and goal setting been taken up by big sister and Mummy. Boy Child’s goals are an interesting mix, and I’m looking forward to helping him achieve his goals (and sample the cake!);
Complete Junior Spartan race
Learn to bake a cake all by myself
Video blog more little adventures
Learn to fly a kite
Swim 25 metres
Not bad for a boy who only turned 7 a few weeks ago!
Me on the other hand, well, mine are possibly less interesting or fun, and notwithstanding a few domestic goals I’ve removed, look something like
Complete two endurance adventure challenges – Lon Las FKT cycle ride and Snowdon48 challenge
Do something to widely promote “alt.fitness” to youths
Plan & execute x1 small Endurance Department event in 2018
Start to plan a larger Endurance Department multi-day event for 2019
Get x1 new Endurance Department client per month
Be more consistent with my nutrition – less alcohol, refined carbs and dairy (processed food)
Encourage and support both kids and Mummy to work on setting and smashing their goals
Blog (write and video) more about all the above
So there they are, the things that, as of today I hope to work towards, smash and add to or develop over the next year. The next chapter. What do you want to write as your 2018 chapter?