My Goals for the 90-Day Challenge

by Mark on March 29, 2010 · 4 comments

In Preparing for the 90-Day Challenge (which officially begins this Thursday), I provided a basic framework that starts with creating a vision, thinking backwards and forwards about how to get there, and then defining clear goals that move decisively in the direction of that vision. I have attempted to incorporate the ideas that I wrote about in Thoughts on Goal Setting to create goals to move me towards my vision. These goals are also consistent with the areas of focus that I wrote about in Design Your Life to Get More of What You Want.

My Goals for the 90-Day Challenge (Deadline: June 30, 2010)

  1. Publish 2 e-books. This is my BHAG – my Big Hairy Audacious Goal. I have never written or published an e-book before, and my goal is to publish 2 of them in 3 months. The purpose of this goal is move me decisively in the direction of time independence, location independence, and financial independence, the 3 main factors that will make my vision possible. This goal should be extremely challenging. Not only will I have to sit down and consistently work on writing the e-books, but I will have to learn how to format them properly, how best to design an effective website, and how to market them effectively.
  2. Have a 34-inch waist. This goal will move me closer to the part of my vision dealing with health and fitness. Waist size is a very good metric for men to target when it comes to health, because this is where men tend to accumulate fat. Being overweight (or technically “overfat”) is associated with a considerable number of physical problems. I want to avoid those problems and instead enjoy the benefits of a lean body.
  3. Eliminate 100% of the clutter in my home. This goal will move me towards the part of my vision dealing with “stuff.” By itself, it isn’t clear or measurable, so I further clarify it by defining “clutter” as anything that is not stored away and isn’t either 1) functional where it is, or 2) aesthetically pleasing to me (or both). This won’t take me all the way to minimalism, but it will create a much more appealing living environment.
  4. Go on at least 1 date. This goal relates to my relationships vision. It might not be a particularly aggressive goal, but considering that I haven’t been on a date in a few years and that I will be extraordinarily busy over the next quarter, it’s at least a step in the right direction.

Those are my goals for the quarter. This set of goals will be extremely challenging to achieve in 3 months considering that I’m also currently working overtime in my day job. One of the biggest challenges will be overcoming old habit patterns and finding ways to redirect my focus. These goals are very exciting to me. If I have accomplished my goals three months from now, it would be pretty amazing. However, if I “fail” to achieve my goals, I will have succeeded if I make reasonable progress.

Wish me luck. If you are joining me in this challenge, I wish you luck as well.


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