My nephew Patrick’s text message last week about his New Year’s resolution made me think of the New Year’s goals I set for 2013.
Last December during a family ski vacation in Colorado I became really pumped about goal setting after talking with my nephew Billy Wagner. Billy is the North Coast territory owner at Brightway Insurance in Florida and is a master at setting goals and accomplishing them. I hadn’t written down many goals since my retirement three years ago so thought it was time to get started again.
I needed a partner to hold me accountable, so I asked Corey to help me. Corey is a great goal setter himself and I thought he would be the perfect person to help me accomplish my 2013 goals because he wouldn’t let me get away with any excuses. He agreed to be my partner and asked if I would help him stay on task as well. Because he lives in San Francisco and I live in Muskegon, we set up a weekly accountability FaceTime meeting every Sunday to update one another on our progress.
Rosemary’s 2013 Goals
- Drink more water and make better food choices
- Do cardio, upper body, stomach and balancing exercises four times per week
- Don’t be a spokesperson for others and stop trying to change people
- Ask myself ‘If I were to die today, would I spend my time doing…?’
- Hang around positive people
- Read more motivational books
In January, Corey and I started out strong with our weekly meetings to talk about our goals. Then at the end of the month we received the dreaded news of my ALS diagnosis. After the news set in, I gave up on the idea of keeping goals because I thought what was the point. I think Corey gave up on his goals for a while, too.
Looking back to January, we both may have aborted our Sunday night FaceTime meetings to talk about our goals, but somehow I think we were setting our goals too low because I feel we both accomplished more in this up and down year than what we thought imaginable.