New Year’s resolutions come and go. We all know this, and it’s become a trope to admit it. Last night, I stumbled into a way to motivate myself for several smaller goals for 2014 and I’m a bit nonplussed that such a simple mechanism hadn’t occurred to me sooner.
My Big Mysterious Goal is a reward.
Well, it’s a reward to myself, and a challenge, and a goal in and of itself. It’s an adventure. It’s going to be a source for lots of words spilled into my journal or here on this blog. It’s going to be difficult, and awful, and a story to tell, and…
It’s going to stay a secret for now.
Not that I’m swamped with readers, but I have plans of writing about my progress for at least six months- and who wants to know the end of a story at the beginning?! That removes all the drama of the big reveal. As agreed upon with my wife last night, I have to meet some smaller goals as prerequisites for the BMG, which I hope to reveal around June.
My wife really only made one condition, that I drop thirty pounds by May 18th. I’ve gained far too much weight in the past few years and really only complained about it, but not done anything about it. This stops now. My BMG is going to require me to be more physically fit, both for ability and safety.
From there, I’m setting several other, smaller goals for myself. Some I’ll talk/write about and some I won’t for fear of tipping off my plan. For instance:
- Come May 1st I plan on weening myself off of caffeine. For a coffee-holic like me, that won’t be easy.
- I don’t just need to lose weight, but get more physically fit. I don’t have set standards I need to meet yet, but I’ll need to define some goals or the BMG is cancelled.
- The BMG is going to require planning, and even training.
- I need to read up on apps, photography, and GPS. EXIF data and geo-tagging will come into play.
- To lose weight and get fit by my goal dates, I’ll probably start eating Paleo again. I’ll share my favorite recipes here, since I have a grossly underused Food & Drink category.
- And yes, my motorcycle will probably come into play. Expect reviews on any gadgets or experiments I try.
2014 could be a banner year, but I really do have to stress that it’s all due to my wife. (And honey, I know you’ll read this, but it’s not just to get on your good side.) I’ve always thought it was hokey to say “I married my best friend” but I’ve learned it can, and probably should, be true. She encourages me, pushes me to be better, worries about my safety, and helps me. I just turned 35, I’m finally going to make a real effort toward accomplishing a “bucket list” item that I either couldn’t or likely wouldn’t without her.
Here’s to conquering the challenges set before us. Here’s to slaying dragons.