Goals, 2009

New Year’s Resolutions are a waste of time. They’re broken consistantly, they’re frequently un-achievable, they’re vaguely defined… they just flat-out suck. So rather than set a list of easily-broken, poorly-defined resolutions, this year I’m going to set some proper Goals – things to achieve during/before the end of 2009.

Goals have certain qualifications. They must be specific, measurable, realistic, and time-bound. So goals like “lose some weight” are right out, because it’s not specific. Goals like “become mayor of the earth” are, again, right out – not realistic.

So given that, here’s my goals for 2009:

  1. Lose 30 lbs. I don’t want a perfect body, but I do want to get rid of this spare tire I’m lugging around. Getting down to 195 would do most of that.
  2. Excersize 3x weekly, for at least 30 minutes. I’m going to keep a journal and everything.
  3. Launch BillOnSite. There’ll be more on this later, but I think I have a real winner (or at least some real potential) here.
  4. Pay off my PC Financial Mastercard. My strategy here is that every non-rent paycheque is used to reduce it a further $500 from last time. So if it’s at $2000 and I spend $40 in the intervening time, I have to put $540 on it to “catch up”. I don’t know how well that will work, but even if it doesn’t, I should still be able to pay the whole thing off this year.

I am going to make one resolution though, since I have a sort of tradition of including one un-keepable resolution with each year’s list. This year’s will be…

“Punch out Bill Gates in a proper boxing match.”

I’ve got nothing against the guy (actually, I rather admire him), but the chances of me being anywhere NEAR a boxing ring at the same time as him are rather slim, let alone there being a pugilistic agreement between the two of us.

Good luck with the new year, everyone!

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  • Geoff



    Losing 30 lbs will come in handy during the boxing match, but it’s a shame he’s not a woman.

  • May Chu

    May ChuMay Chu


    It seems like we have some similarities here. I too, need to lose 30 lbs. I gained 70 lbs from being pregnant and lost 50 lbs already.
    I also would like to exercise 3x a week, but find it extremely hard to do so when running a business.
    Paying off credit lines can wait however, I know I have to spend money to make money.
    Regarding setting goals…I suggest micro-goal setting, it is what I call “weekly intentions” and I do it every week and it translates to beautiful results in business.

  • Dan Hulton

    Dan HultonDan Hulton


    Well, sadly, my weight gain is through my own negligence, not through anything as acceptable as a baby. =)

    And since I’ve written this post, I’ve made some changes in priorities as well. My credit lines have taken a rather large back seat to my business, as a main thing, so I understand where you’re coming from.

    Also, I belong to this rather cool little forum of entrepreneurs, and one section of the forum is for publicly stating weekly goals (and the results of last week, to boot). I find it incredibly motivating, you are correct.