I got my lululemon goaltender --"by when date reached" in my inbox the other day. My goal was to complete my first half-ironman. Check that off, goal completed sat.
So what next? According to the lululemon goaltender guidelines, we should have 1 personal, 1 career, and 1 athletic goal at all times. We should have a short term (1 year), mid term (5years), and long term (10 years) goals always on the horizon. I've found these guidelines to be helpful -- that being said -- goals need to be continually modified or adjusted to as not to become burdensome. If your goal becomes just another item on your "to do" list, than maybe it isn't the best goal to be pursuing right now.
One of my biggest personal discipline goals has been to stick to a maximum of 3 things. For me and my pseudo-ADD personality, this takes a lot of discipline. I once went to my old boss to ask for guidance on my upcoming annual goals. I gave her a list of about 7 things I believed I needed to work on. She said, very wisely, "those are all great goals, but I want you to pick two to work on this year". That was some simple, understated, amazing advice. This woman had my M.O. As my boss, it was her job to save me from my endless lists of things "to do" in my life. If I'm are working on so many things, I'm really improving on none. If I'm only focusing on 1-3 things at a time, I'm actually making lots of head way. Go slow to go fast. Go slow to go fast. Do less to do more.
These are the goals I'm currently focused on (in no particular order):
1. Learning french - I just started taking French lessons at the French Alliance.
2. Establishing a solid morning and evening routine for the kids.
3. Help plan 1st annual Barefoot Run in NYC -- planned for Oct 10, 2010.